Happy New Year…happy old year!

Our special year ends as the New Year begins sadly the last few days saw us shrouded in fog so the conclusion was not what I had hoped for. I had planned to repeat January 1st with a visit to Titchwell and Holme but instead I stayed home!

I have really enjoyed the year and am very pleased that we decided to take a year out pursuing wings…and other things! Now the time has come to look back and see how it went, the good bits and the even better bits. Time to check through the lists and make sure nothing has been left off or doubled up and maybe pick out some best bits.

What a difference a year makes, last January 1st was bright and dry, today has been wet all day long! I was glad that no outings were planned instead we have had a lovely day with family around.

Lists have been checked and I can reveal that our total number of things seen both winged and otherwise, is 729 and the nearest guess to that was 750 given by Peter so he is the winner!!!

I am pleased to say that we saw 257 different birds, 26 of them were life ticks for me so 10% much higher than I would have imagined. Peter asked how many things in total were life tics for us and when we looked that shot the percentage way up.

We had 4 new mammals out of a total of 25, 53 new insects from 85, 77 new macro moths from 245, whilst micros was 58 new from 70! Now some of these figures may not be entirely accurate but if I can’t recall seeing things before and have no record of them I am counting them as life ticks. Carrying on, 7 dragonflies out of 10 were new, 4 damselflies from 7 and 12 butterflies from 25. No new amphibians or reptiles, to be honest we failed miserably in that category!

Now totalling it all up that makes 241 life ticks from a total of 729 things seen, almost exactly one third!!!

It is hard to pick favourites but I will try just a few. I know Ian’s favourite picture of the year is this one.

IMG_2446 pine martin

It was taken in Scotland on a wonderful day, we got three of our four mammal ticks that day! This Pine marten plus beavers and Daubenton’s bat and really was a day to remember!!!

Our week on Mull with Ruth, Stu and Sprocket was brilliant, the company and the things we saw, smashing!

A few weeks spent ‘down south’ gave us chances to spend time with Brian and Margaret and ended with a week spent down in Devon with Janice and Chris. Excellent to catch up whilst seeing new places and spotting birds, finding a new-born calf in the New Forrest was an unexpected bonus!

It is difficult to choose favourite birds but I will pick a few out, I dare say if I were to pick them another day I may make different choices! If you click on a photo they should tell you what they are

I selected these fairly swiftly just scrolling through the photos I have used on here before. Some were chosen for rarity others I simply love!

Another highlight have been the occasions that our grandchildren have been out with us and less often Peter too. One special day was spent at Minsmere the day we saw the purple swamphen another at Burnham.

We have spent time with Alan and Judy both in Norfolk and Gloucestershire, all very enjoyable and Alan’s new-found love of insects gave our list a boost!

An all too brief visit to Stephen and Pauline did at least mean we saw all of our siblings which was lovley but an all too rare occurance!

Just a few moths so they don’t feel left out!

 

I had better stop reminiscing my way through the year and get some lists posted! I may do another blog or two and tel you about some faourite places and things etc but not today.  Before the lists I just want to thank you for reading my blogs, it is appreciated as are any comments (on here please not FB as they get lost!)

A big thank you to friends and family that encouraged us to take this year out and have not minded me either not making arrangments in the first place of cancelling them to go and see a bird!

The biggest thank you goes to Ian, doing this year would not have been half the fun. His golf has gone by the way side which I didn’t think would ever happen and I hpe it picks up again now we have crossed into 2017! We have managed no to tfall out (although a couple of motoring incidents came close!!!) and have spent more time together than I can remember.

So I wish you all a happy 2017, may you find peace and happiness and enjoy the living creatures you encounter. Hope to see you before too long 🙂

Now the lists and you alread know they contain a totola of 729 living creatures!!!

First the birds 257 of which 26 were life ticks!

  1. Mute Swan
  2. Bewick Swan
  3. Whooper Swan
  4. Bean Goose
  5. Pink-footed Goose
  6. White-fronted Goose
  7. Greylag Goose
  8. Canada Goose
  9. Barnacle Goose
  10. Brent Goose
  11. Egyptian Goose
  12. Common Shelduck
  13. Muscovy duck
  14. Mandarin Duck
  15. Eurasian Wigeon
  16. Gadwall
  17. Eurasian Teal
  18. Mallard
  19. Pintail
  20. Garganey
  21. Shoveler
  22. Red-crested Pochard
  23. Common Pochard
  24. Ferruginous Duck *
  25. Tufted duck
  26. Greater Scaup
  27. Common Eider
  28. Long-tailed Duck
  29. Common Scoter
  30. Velvet Scoter
  31. Goldeneye
  32. Smew
  33. Hooded merganser *
  34. Red-breasted Merganser
  35. Red Grouse
  36. Black Grouse
  37. Goosander
  38. Red-legged Partridge
  39. Grey Partridge
  40. Common Pheasant
  41. Golden Pheasant
  42. Little Grebe
  43. Great Crested Grebe
  44. Red-necked Grebe *
  45. Slavonian Grebe
  46. Black-necked Grebe
  47. Fulmar
  48. Manx Shearwater
  49. Gannet
  50. Cormorant
  51. Shag
  52. Bittern
  53. Cattle Egret
  54. Little Egret
  55. Great Egret
  56. Grey Heron
  57. White Stork
  58. Glossy Ibis
  59. Spoonbill
  60. Red Kite
  61. White-tailed Eagle
  62. Marsh Harrier
  63. Hen Harrier
  64. Pallid Harrier *
  65. Goshawk *
  66. Eurasian Sparrowhawk
  67. Common Buzzard
  68. Rough-legged Buzzard
  69. Golden Eagle
  70. Osprey
  71. Kestrel
  72. Merlin
  73. Hobby
  74. Peregrine Falcon
  75. Water Rail
  76. Corn Crake
  77. Moorhen
  78. Western purple swamphen*
  79. Coot
  80. Common Crane
  81. Great bustard *
  82. Oystercatcher
  83. Black-winged Stilt
  84. Pied Avocet
  85. Stone-curlew
  86. Little ringed Plover
  87. Ringed Plover
  88. Dotterel
  89. European Golden Plover
  90. Grey Plover
  91. Lapwing
  92. Great Knot*
  93. Knot
  94. Sanderling
  95. Little Stint
  96. Temminck’s Stint
  97. Pectoral Sandpiper
  98. Curlew Sandpiper
  99. Purple Sandpiper
  100. Dunlin
  101. Broad-billed Sandpiper *
  102. Ruff
  103. Jack Snipe
  104. Common Snipe
  105. Long-billed Dowitcher *
  106. Woodcock
  107. Black-tailed Godwit
  108. Bar-tailed Godwit
  109. Whimbrel
  110. Curlew
  111. Spotted Redshank
  112. Common Redshank
  113. Common Greenshank
  114. Lesser Yellowlegs
  115. Green Sandpiper
  116. Wood Sandpiper
  117. Common Sandpiper
  118. Ruddy Turnstone
  119. Grey Phalarope
  120. Arctic Skua
  121. Mediterranean Gull
  122. Little Gull
  123. Black-headed Gull
  124. Common Gull
  125. Lesser Black-backed Gull
  126. Herring Gull
  127. Iceland Gull
  128. Glaucous Gull *
  129. Great Black-backed Gull
  130. Kittiwake
  131. Caspian Tern *
  132. Sandwich Tern
  133. Common Tern
  134. Arctic Tern
  135. Common Guillemot
  136. Razorbill
  137. Black Guillemot
  138. Puffin
  139. Rock Pigeon
  140. Stock Pigeon
  141. Wood Pigeon
  142. Collared Dove
  143. Turtle Dove
  144. Rose-ringed Parakeet *
  145. Cuckoo
  146. Barn Owl
  147. Little Owl
  148. Tawny Owl
  149. Short-eared Owl
  150. Common Swift
  151. Common Kingfisher
  152. European Bee-eater *
  153. Hoopoe
  154. Wryneck
  155. Green Woodpecker
  156. Great Spotted Woodpecker
  157. Lesser Spotted Woodpecker
  158. Wood Lark
  159. Sky Lark
  160. Shore Lark (horned lark)
  161. Sand Martin
  162. Swallow
  163. Red-rumped Swallow *
  164. House Martin
  165. Tree Pipit
  166. Meadow Pipit
  167. Rock Pipit
  168. Water Pipit
  169. Yellow Wagtail (Grey-headed)
  170. Grey Wagtail
  171. Pied Wagtail
  172. Bohemian Waxwing
  173. Dipper
  174. Wren
  175. Dunnock
  176. Siberian Accentor*
  177. Robin
  178. Common Nightingale *
  179. Bluethroat*
  180. Red-flanked Bluetail
  181. Black Redstart
  182. Common Redstart
  183. Whinchat
  184. Stonechat
  185. Isabelline Wheatear*
  186. Desert Wheatear
  187. Wheatear
  188. Ring Ouzel
  189. Blackbird
  190. Fieldfare
  191. Song Thrush
  192. Redwing
  193. Mistle Thrush
  194. Cetti’s Warbler
  195. Grasshopper Warbler
  196. Sedge Warbler
  197. Eurasian Reed Warbler
  198. Great Reed Warbler*
  199. Dartford Warbler
  200. Barred Warbler
  201. Lesser Whitethroat
  202. Whitethroat
  203. Blackcap
  204. Yellow-browed Warbler
  205. Eastern Crowned Warbler *
  206. Radde’s Warbler*
  207. Dusky Warbler*
  208. Wood Warbler
  209. Common Chiffchaff
  210. Willow Warbler
  211. Goldcrest
  212. Firecrest
  213. Spotted Flycatcher
  214. Red-breasted Flycatcher
  215. Pied Flycatcher
  216. Bearded Tit
  217. Long-tailed Tit
  218. Marsh Tit
  219. Willow Tit
  220. Crested Tit *
  221. Coal Tit
  222. Blue Tit
  223. Great Tit
  224. Nuthatch
  225. Treecreeper
  226. Penduline tit *
  227. Red-backed Shrike
  228. Great Grey Shrike
  229. Jay
  230. Magpie
  231. Jackdaw
  232. Rook
  233. Crow
  234. Hooded Crow
  235. Common Raven
  236. Starling
  237. House Sparrow
  238. Tree Sparrow
  239. Chaffinch
  240. Brambling
  241. Serin *
  242. Greenfinch
  243. Goldfinch
  244. Siskin
  245. Linnet
  246. Twite
  247. Lesser Redpoll
  248. Mealy Redpoll
  249. Common Crossbill
  250. Bullfinch
  251. Hawfinch
  252. Lapland Longspur
  253. Snow Bunting
  254. Yellowhammer
  255. Cirl Bunting
  256. Reed Bunting
  257. Corn Bunting

Mamals next 4 of the 25 were new

  1. Rabbit.
  2. Stoat
  3. Hare
  4. Grey squirrel
  5. Common seal
  6. Roe deer
  7. Red deer
  8. Muntjak deer
  9. Sperm whale *
  10. Grey seal
  11. Otter
  12. Weasel
  13. Bank vole
  14. Fallow deer
  15. Red squirrel
  16. Pine marten *
  17. Beaver *
  18. Daubenton’s bat *
  19. Common pipistrelle
  20. Common shrew
  21. Water vole
  22. Hedgehog
  23. Pygmy shrew
  24. Field vole
  25. Chinese water deer

Insects and other bits and bobs  53 of the 85 were new to me    the ones marked with * are the ones NOT new

  1. Common Wasp*
  2. Ladybird 7 spot*
  3. Ladybird harlequin
  4. Lacewing green*
  5. Lacewing brown
  6. Bloody nosed beetle (Timarcha tenebricosa)
  7. Red tailed Bumble bee
  8. White tailed Bumble bee*
  9. Honey bee*
  10. Hornet*
  11. Garden snail*
  12. Slug*
  13. Wood ants*
  14. Scottish wood ants
  15. Mining bees
  16. Froghopper
  17. Hawthorn shieldbug
  18. Two banded longhorn beetle
  19. Poplar leaf beetle
  20. Woodlouse*
  21. Earwig*
  22. Earth worm*
  23. Wolf spider
  24. Green dock beetle
  25. Green leafhopper
  26. Bee fly*
  27. Green sawfly
  28. Dark bush-cricket
  29. Pantallon bee
  30. Bee-wolf
  31. Daddy-long-legs spider
  32. Ophion obscratus (wasp)
  33. Cock chaffer
  34. House spider*
  35. Money spider*
  36. Zebra spider
  37. Green fly *
  38. Black fly*
  39. Red spider mite*
  40. Red ant*
  41. Helophilus pendulus (Sun (hover) fly)
  42. Dasysyrphus albostriatus (hover fly)
  43. Sphaerophoria scripta ( long hoverfly)
  44. Eupeodes luniger (hoverfly)
  45. Common field grasshopper
  46. Meadow grasshopper
  47. Mottled grasshopper
  48. Centipede*
  49. Millipede *
  50. Harvestman *(Dicranopalpus ramopus)
  51. Common sexton beetle* (Nicrophorus vespilloides)
  52. Black sexton beetle (Nicrophorus humator)
  53. Common green shieldbug*
  54. Buff tailed bumble bee
  55. Southern oak bush cricket
  56. Pond skaters*
  57. Water boatmen*
  58. Caddisfly
  59. Bradycellus verbasci (moth trap invader!)
  60. Common green grasshopper*
  61. Sitona Lepidus (small beetle)
  62. Nowickia ferox (fly)
  63. Tachina grossa (bee-face fly!)
  64. Sargus flavipes-( Yellow-legged Centurion)
  65. Common Carder Bumblebee
  66. Garden spider*
  67. Red-legged shieldbug (Pentatoma rufipes)
  68. Black Kneed Capsid (Blepharidopterus)
  69. Nigma walckenaeri (little green spider!)
  70. Ladybird 2 spot*
  71. Birch shield bug
  72. Eupterx urticae (tiny nettle bug)
  73. Speckled bush-cricket
  74. Chrysolina americana ( Rosemary leaf beetle )
  75. Crane fly*
  76. Box shield bug
  77. Grove snail
  78. Small black ant *(Lasius niger)
  79. Large black ant *(Formica fusca)
  80. Nemorilla floralis (black and white fly)
  81. Devil’s coachhorse (Ocypus olens)
  82. Nursery spider (Pisaura mirabilis)
  83. Scorpian fly (Panorpa communis)
  84. Long-winged Conehea
  85. Dock bugMacro Moths    245 which includes 77 new ones

    Angle shades

    Autumnal moth

    Autumnal rustic

    Barred sallow

    Barred straw

    Barred yellow

    Beaded chestnut

    Beautiful golden Y

    Beautiful hook-tip

    Black arches

    Black rustic

    Blackneck

    Blair’s shoulder-knot

    Blood-vein

    Bordered beauty

    Bordered pug

    Brindled beauty

    Broad-bordered yellow underwing

    Bright-line brown-eye

    Brimstone

    Brindled beauty

    Brindled pug

    Brown rustic

    Brown-line bright-eye

    Brown-spot pinion

    Brown-tail

    Buff arches

    Buff ermine

    Buff tip

    Burnished brass

    Cabbage moth

    Canary-shouldered thorn

    Centre-barred sallow

    Chestnut

    Chinese character

    Cinnabar

    Clay

    Clouded border

    Clouded drab

    Clouded silver

    Clouded-bordered brindle

    Coast dart

    Common carpet

    Common emerald

    Common footman

    Common marbled carpet

    Common pug

    Common Quaker

    Common rustic

    Common swift

    Common wave

    Common wainscot

    Common white wave

    Copper underwing

    Coronet

    Coxcomb prominent

    Currant pug

    Cypress pug

    Dark arches

    Dark-barred twin-spot carpet

    Dark Spectacle

    Dark spinach

    Dark/grey dagger

    December moth

    Dewick’s plusia

    Dingy footman

    Dot moth

    Dotted chestnut

    Double square spot

    Double-striped pug

    Drinker

    Dun-bar

    Dusky brocade

    Dusky sallow

    Dusky thorn

    Dwarf cream wave

    Ear moth

    Early grey

    Early moth

    Early thorn

    Early toothed-stripe

    Elephant hawkmoth

    Emperor moth

    Engrailed

    Eyed hawkmoth

    Fan-foot

    Feathered gothic

    Feathered thorn

    Flame shoulder

    Flounced rustic

    Four-dotted footman

    Foxglove pug

    Frosted green

    Frosted orange

    Garden carpet

    Garden tiger

    Ghost moth

    Great prominent

    Green-brindled crescent

    Green carpet

    Green pug

    Green silver-lines

    Grey pine carpet

    Heart and club

    Heart and dart

    Hebrew character

    Herald

    Hummingbird hawkmoth

    Iron prominent

    Juniper carpet

    July highflyer

    Knot-grass

    Latticed heath

    Large emerald

    Large nutmeg

    Large twin-spot carpet

    Large wainscot

    Large yellow underwing

    Least black arches

    Least carpet

    Least yellow underwing

    Leopard moth

    Lesser cream wave

    Lesser broad-bordered yellow underwing

    Lesser swallow prominent

    Lesser yellow underwing

    Light arches

    Light brocade

    Light emerald

    Lilac beauty

    Lime hawkmoth

    Lime speck pug

    Lobster moth

    Lunar underwing

    Lychnis

    Magpie moth

    Maiden’s blush

    Mallow

    Map-winged swift

    Marbled beauty

    Marbled brown

    Marbled minor

    March moth

    Marbled white spot

    Merveille du jour

    Miller (caterpillar)

    Mottled beauty

    Mottled pug

    Mottled rustic

    Mottled umber

    Mouse moth

    Muslin

    November moth

    Nutmeg

    Nut-tree tussock

    Oak beauty

    Orange footman

    Orange sallow

    Orange Swift

    Pale brindle beauty

    Pale eggar

    Pale mottled willow

    Pale prominent

    Pale tussock

    Pale-shouldered brocade

    Peach blossom

    Pebble hook-tip

    Peppered moth

    Pine hawkmoth

    Pink-barred sallow

    Plain golden Y

    Poplar grey

    Poplar hawkmoth

    Powdered Quaker

    Purple bar

    Red-green carpet

    Red-line Quaker

    Red twin-spot carpet

    Riband wave

    Rosy footman

    Rosy rustic

    Royal mantle

    Ruby tiger

    Rustic

    Rustic shoulder-knot

    Sallow

    Scalloped oak

    Scarce footman

    Scorched wing

    Setaceous Hebrew character

    Shears

    Short-cloaked moth

    Shoulder stripe

    Shoulder-striped wainscot

    Shuttle-shaped dart

    Silver Y

    Silver-ground carpet

    Single-dotted wave

    Six-striped rustic

    Slender brindle

    Small angle shades

    Small blood-vein

    Small brindled beauty

    Small dusty wave

    Small fan-foot

    Small fan-footed wave

    Small Quaker

    Small rivulet

    Small square-spot

    Small yellow wave

    Smoky wainscot

    Snout

    Spectacle

    Spinach

    Spruce carpet

    Square-spot rustic

    Straw dot

    Straw underwing

    Streamer

    Swallow prominent

    Swallow-tailed moth

    Tawny speckled pug

    The flame

    Treble bar

    Treble lines

    Triple-spotted pug

    Turnip moth

    Uncertain

    V moth

    V Pug

    Vapourer

    Varied coronet

    Vestal

    Vine’s rustic

    Waved umber

    Webb’s wainscot

    White ermine

    White satin moth

    White-point

    Willow beauty

    Winter moth

    Yellow-barred brindle

    Yellow-line Quaker

    Yellow shell

    Yellow-tail

     

    Micro moths    58 from these 70 I am counting as new!

    1. Apple leaf miner (Lyonetia clerkella)
    2. Ash-bark Knot-horn (Euzophera pinguis)
    3. Barred marble (Celypha striana)
    4. Beautiful china-mark ( Nymphula nitdulata )
    5. Bee moth ( Aphomia sociella)
    6. Bird-cherry ermine ( Yponomeuta evonymella )
    7. Bordered carl (Coptotriche marginea)
    8. Brown china-mark ( Elophila nymphaeata)
    9. Brown house moth (Hofmannophila pseudospretella)
    10. Chequered grass veneer ( Catopria falsella )
    11. Codling moth (Cydia pomonella)
    12. Common drill ( Dichrorampha petiverella )
    13. Common grey (Scoparia ambiguallis)
    14. Common marble ( Celypha lacunana )
    15. Common nettle-tap (Anthophila fabriciana)
    16. Common plume ( Emmelina monodactyla)
    17. Cyclamen tortrix ( Clepsis spectrana )
    18. Dawn flat-body (Semioscopis steinkellneriana)
    19. Diamond- back moth (Plutella xylostella)
    20. Dingy dowd (Blastobasis adustella)
    21. Dotted oak knot-horn ( Phycita roborella)
    22. Double striped tabby ( Hypsopygia glaucinalis )
    23. Elbow stripe grass-veneer (Agriphila geniculea)
    24. Elder pearl (Anania coronate)
    25. Fenland pearl (Anania perlucidalis)
    26. Florida pink scavenger (Anatrachyntis badia)
    27. Garden grass-veneer (Chrysoteuchia culmella)
    28. Garden pebble (Evergestis forficalis)
    29. Garden rose tortrix ( Acleris variegana )
    30. Golden argent (Argyresthia goedartella)
    31. Gold triangle ( Hypsopygia costalis )
    32. Grass-veneer (Crambus pascuella)
    33. Horsechestnut leaf miner (Cameraria ohridella)
    34. Large fruit-tree tortrix ( Archips podana)
    35. Large Ivy Tortrix (Lozotaenia forsterana)
    36. Large tabby ( Aglossa pinguinalis)
    37. Light brown apple moth (Epiphyas postvittana)
    38. Little grey (Eudonia lacustrara)
    39. London dowd ( Blastobasis lacticolella)
    40. Long-horned flat-body ( Carcina quercana )
    41. Many plumed moth (Aluctia hexadactyla)
    42. Maple slender (Caloptilia semifascia)
    43. Marbled orchard tortrix (Hedya nubiferana)
    44. March tubic (Diurnea fagella)
    45. Marbled piercer (Cydia splendana)
    46. Marsh dwarf (lachista alpinella)
    47. Meal moth (Pyralis farinalis)
    48. Mother of pearl ( Pleuroptya ruralis )
    49. Narrow winged grey ( Eudonia angustea)
    50. New oak slender ( Caloptilia robustella )
    51. Obscure agg. ( Oegoconia agg. )
    52. Ox-tongue conch ( Cochylis molliculana )
    53. Pale straw pearl ( Udea lutealis )
    54. Privet tortrix (Clepsis consimilana)
    55. Red-barred tortrix ( Ditula angustiorana )
    56. Ringed china-mark ( Parapoynx stratiotata )
    57. Rough-winged conch (Phtheochroa rugosana)
    58. Rose tabby ( Endotricha flammealis )
    59. Rusty dot pearl (Udea ferugalis)
    60. Small grey ( Eudonia mercurella )
    61. Small magpie (Anania hortulata)
    62. Spindle ermine (Yponomeuta cagnaglla)
    63. Sulphur Tubic ( Esperia sulphurella)
    64. Triple-blotched bell (Notocelia trimaculana)
    65. White-bodied conch (Cochylis hypridella)
    66. White-faced tortix (Pandemis cinnamomeana)
    67. White-shouldered house moth ( Endrosis sarcitrella)
    68. White-headed Ermel (Paraswammerdamia alibicapitella)
    69. Yellow-faced bell (Notocella cynosbatella)
    70. Yellow-spot tortrix (Pseudargyotoza conwagana)

     

     

    Dragonflies  10 with 7 new ones

    1 Golden banded dragonfly *

    2 Keeled skimmer*

    3 Migrant hawker

    4 Black-winged skimmer*

    5 Scarce chaser*

    6 Common darter

    7 Broad-bodied chaser *

    8 Southern hawker*

    9 Brown hawker*

    10 Ruddy darter

     

    Damselflies 7 with 4 new

    11 Azure damselfly*

    12 Common blue damselfly

    13 Large red damselfly*

    14 Small red damselfly

    15 Blue-tailed damselfly*

    16 Banded demoiselle

    17 Beautiful demoiselle*

    Butterflies  12 of these 25 I have counted as new to me

    Red admiral

    Brimstone

    Peacock

    Small tortoiseshell

    Speckled wood

    Green-vein white

    Orange tip

    Small white

    Holly blue

    Small copper

    Small heath

    Dark green fritillary

    Common blue

    Large heath

    Small pearl-bordered fritillary

    Green hairstreak

    Painted lady

    Ringlet

    Large skipper

    Large white

    Gatekeeper

    Small skipper

    Comma

    Grayling

    Clouded yellow

    Reptiles and Amphibians …I really failed to get going here so just the 5, nothing new!

 

  1. Grass snake
  2. Smooth newt
  3. Common frog
  4. Common toad
  5. Slow worm

So that’s it folks, 729 seen and identified, 241 for the first time by me!!!

 

Again a big thank you :o)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Another month disappears!

Of course I knew it was a new month today because it is my lovely grandson’s birthday, happy birthday Daniel!   img_1380-daniel

 

So that can only mean that October has come to an end and it is time for a monthly review. It has been a mixed month with some manic times then more relaxed days, this past week being the more relaxed variety!

What October has been brilliant for was bird life ticks, I have had five and I am pretty chuffed with that. Add to that some cracking birds that I have seen for only the second time and I reckon October has been excellent.

First new bird was an Eastern-crowned warbler which we journeyed up to Bempton for, a place always worth a visit and thankfully we both saw this very active little bird. No picture of the bird but a few from the site!

I saw my first Dusky warbler at Cromer, followed by another a couple of weeks later at Titchwell!  We narrowly missed seeing two on one day as there had been one at Cley where we popped for lunch. Happily whilst there word came of a Barred warbler that was down Beach road in and out of a bush (along with many other little birds) so we were off.

It wasn’t long after our return from Yorkshire that we were headed back again! This time for a bird that was a first for mainland Britain, mind you it started a trend as several others have been since!!! We found a lovely place to stay and drove up so we would be there in Easington for first light and hopefully the bird, a Siberian accentor would have stayed overnight too! Happily it was in no rush to leave so we joined what I call the ‘queue for a view’ for a good though very brief sight before being moved along to allow others a view too. We returned later that day and what a difference a few hours had made!

This time we got to see it much better and get some fairly decent pictures too!   Not the most exotic looking bird perhaps but one I was delighted to see!

Rather pleased to see this Redstart too just along from the star bird, it showed off quite well so as not to go unoticed!

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Between our two visits to the accentor we went to Sammy’s point and it is so hard to explain quite how smashing it was. There were birds everywhere! Flying in from the sea, sitting in bushes, feeding in the mud or in the fields it was just ‘Magical’! I was chuffed to find some Ring ouzels and to get some shots which was not so easy earlier in the year.  We saw hundreds of Goldcrests  and probably hundreds of Robins too. There were Chiffchaffs, Wheatears, Reed buntings and to our delight we saw, for the first time, Woodcock in flight.

We couldn’t be so close to Spurn and not go there so off we went. This obliging Shorelark was another bird that we had seen early in the year but not been able to photograph.

Back to Sammy’s point for another lovely walk amongst the many birds we saw this flycatcher. First though was of course that it is a Pied flycatcher but there has been some discussion as it has some hints of a Collared flycatcher. I think the answer is we will never know, but it was a sweet bird whichever it is!!!

We stayed on an extra night and on the way home went to Donna Nook another place I had often heard of but never visited. Here I saw another bird that I had only seen once before, a few years previously and what a little beauty, a Red-flanked bluetail.

Jumping to later in the month now and Alice and Matilda joined us for a brilliant birding day beginning at Burnham Overy Dunes. Ian and I had been on the Sunday to see the Isabelline Wheatear and we returned the next day with the girls to try to see it again and also a Desert wheatear. On the Sunday we ploughed through the mud but were rewards with views of my very first Isabelline wheatear.

The following day, with the girls we took a different, less muddy and much more pleasant route to the dunes! The bird had moved so the walk was longer but not once did either of the girls complain, they were brilliant! A very brief flight view was all some of us got of that bird but thankfully we all saw the Desert wheatear, not for long but clearly.

On our way back along the dunes, we timed it perfectly, a Radde’s warbler had just been spotted, first sighting for a few hours! We joined the group and again all saw it, another life tick for me and the girls! Next stop Titchwell for lunch and if we had any energy left a stroll. This was where we saw our second Dusky warbler before walking down to the sea.

Golden plovers on the fresh marsh, Sanderlings on the shore plenty of other waders on the way. It really was a lovely day out, it couldn’t fail really, life ticks and grandchildren along to enjoy it!

Well we had a lazy week following that although November has thrown us an unexpected treat, hopefully there will be things to report next time I blog!

Still butterflies visiting the garden and a several Red admirals have been feeding on the dahlias this week  (note to self, plant some more of them!)  img_1334-red-admiral

I have decided to only print out the bird list this month as it has definitely been the main highlight of the month. I will give the number of the other things first:

Moths (macro and micro) … 310

Insects                                       …85

Dragon/damselflies              … 17

Butterflies                                …24

Mamals                                      …25

Reptile/amphibians                …5 (could do better!!!)

Birds                                           …253   (*26* Life ticks)

So far my total of winged and otherwise creatures for the year is 719 I have bypassed all but three of the guesses made before the year began, who will be closest? Could still be thelast one that I have passed or one I havent yet reached.

Bird List end October

  1. Mute Swan
  2. Bewick Swan
  3. Whooper Swan
  4. Pink-footed Goose
  5. White-fronted Goose
  6. Greylag Goose
  7. Canada Goose
  8. Barnacle Goose
  9. Brent Goose
  10. Egyptian Goose
  11. Common Shelduck
  12. Muscovy duck
  13. Mandarin Duck
  14. Eurasian Wigeon
  15. Gadwall
  16. Eurasian Teal
  17. Mallard
  18. Pintail
  19. Garganey
  20. Shoveler
  21. Red-crested Pochard
  22. Common Pochard
  23. Ferruginous Duck *
  24. Tufted duck
  25. Greater Scaup
  26. Common Eider
  27. Long-tailed Duck
  28. Common Scoter
  29. Velvet Scoter
  30. Goldeneye
  31. Smew
  32. Hooded merganser *
  33. Red-breasted Merganser
  34. Red Grouse
  35. Black Grouse
  36. Goosander
  37. Red-legged Partridge
  38. Grey Partridge
  39. Common Pheasant
  40. Golden Pheasant
  41. Little Grebe
  42. Great Crested Grebe
  43. Red-necked Grebe *
  44. Slavonian Grebe
  45. Black-necked Grebe
  46. Fulmar
  47. Manx Shearwater
  48. Gannet
  49. Cormorant
  50. Shag
  51. Bittern
  52. Cattle Egret
  53. Little Egret
  54. Great Egret
  55. Grey Heron
  56. White Stork
  57. Glossy Ibis
  58. Spoonbill
  59. Red Kite
  60. White-tailed Eagle
  61. Marsh Harrier
  62. Hen Harrier
  63. Pallid Harrier *
  64. Goshawk *
  65. Eurasian Sparrowhawk
  66. Common Buzzard
  67. Rough-legged Buzzard
  68. Golden Eagle
  69. Osprey
  70. Kestrel
  71. Merlin
  72. Hobby
  73. Peregrine Falcon
  74. Water Rail
  75. Corn Crake
  76. Moorhen
  77. Western purple swamphen*
  78. Coot
  79. Common Crane
  80. Great bustard *
  81. Oystercatcher
  82. Black-winged Stilt
  83. Pied Avocet
  84. Stone-curlew
  85. Little ringed Plover
  86. Ringed Plover
  87. Dotterel
  88. European Golden Plover
  89. Grey Plover
  90. Lapwing
  91. Great Knot*
  92. Knot
  93. Sanderling
  94. Little Stint
  95. Temminck’s Stint
  96. Pectoral Sandpiper
  97. Curlew Sandpiper
  98. Purple Sandpiper
  99. Dunlin
  100. Broad-billed Sandpiper *
  101. Ruff
  102. Jack Snipe
  103. Common Snipe
  104. Long-billed Dowitcher *
  105. Woodcock
  106. Black-tailed Godwit
  107. Bar-tailed Godwit
  108. Whimbrel
  109. Curlew
  110. Spotted Redshank
  111. Common Redshank
  112. Common Greenshank
  113. Lesser Yellowlegs
  114. Green Sandpiper
  115. Wood Sandpiper
  116. Common Sandpiper
  117. Ruddy Turnstone
  118. Grey Phalarope
  119. Arctic Skua
  120. Mediterranean Gull
  121. Little Gull
  122. Black-headed Gull
  123. Common Gull
  124. Lesser Black-backed Gull
  125. Herring Gull
  126. Iceland Gull
  127. Glaucous Gull *
  128. Great Black-backed Gull
  129. Kittiwake
  130. Caspian Tern *
  131. Sandwich Tern
  132. Common Tern
  133. Arctic Tern
  134. Common Guillemot
  135. Razorbill
  136. Black Guillemot
  137. Puffin
  138. Rock Pigeon
  139. Stock Pigeon
  140. Wood Pigeon
  141. Collared Dove
  142. Turtle Dove
  143. Rose-ringed Parakeet *
  144. Cuckoo
  145. Barn Owl
  146. Tawny Owl
  147. Short-eared Owl
  148. Common Swift
  149. Common Kingfisher
  150. European Bee-eater *
  151. Hoopoe
  152. Wryneck
  153. Green Woodpecker
  154. Great Spotted Woodpecker
  155. Lesser Spotted Woodpecker
  156. Wood Lark
  157. Sky Lark
  158. Shorelark (horned lark)
  159. Sand Martin
  160. Swallow
  161. Red-rumped Swallow *
  162. House Martin
  163. Tree Pipit
  164. Meadow Pipit
  165. Rock Pipit
  166. Water Pipit
  167. Yellow Wagtail (Grey-headed)
  168. Grey Wagtail
  169. Pied Wagtail
  170. Dipper
  171. Wren
  172. Dunnock
  173. Siberian Accentor*
  174. Robin
  175. Common Nightingale *
  176. Bluethroat*
  177. Red-flanked Bluetail
  178. Black Redstart
  179. Common Redstart
  180. Whinchat
  181. Stonechat
  182. Isabelline Wheatear*
  183. Desert Wheatear
  184. Wheatear
  185. Ring Ouzel
  186. Blackbird
  187. Fieldfare
  188. Song Thrush
  189. Redwing
  190. Mistle Thrush
  191. Cetti’s Warbler
  192. Grasshopper Warbler
  193. Sedge Warbler
  194. Eurasian Reed Warbler
  195. Great Reed Warbler*
  196. Dartford Warbler
  197. Barred Warbler
  198. Lesser Whitethroat
  199. Whitethroat
  200. Blackcap
  201. Yellow-browed Warbler
  202. Eastern Crowned Warbler *
  203. Radde’s Warbler*
  204. Dusky Warbler*
  205. Wood Warbler
  206. Common Chiffchaff
  207. Willow Warbler
  208. Goldcrest
  209. Firecrest
  210. Spotted Flycatcher
  211. Red-breasted Flycatcher
  212. Pied Flycatcher
  213. Bearded Tit
  214. Long-tailed Tit
  215. Marsh Tit
  216. Willow Tit
  217. Crested Tit *
  218. Coal Tit
  219. Blue Tit
  220. Great Tit
  221. Nuthatch
  222. Treecreeper
  223. Penduline tit *
  224. Red-backed Shrike
  225. Great Grey Shrike
  226. Jay
  227. Magpie
  228. Jackdaw
  229. Rook
  230. Crow
  231. Hooded Crow
  232. Common Raven
  233. Starling
  234. House Sparrow
  235. Tree Sparrow
  236. Chaffinch
  237. Brambling
  238. Serin *
  239. Greenfinch
  240. Goldfinch
  241. Siskin
  242. Linnet
  243. Twite
  244. Lesser Redpoll
  245. Mealy Redpoll
  246. Bullfinch
  247. Hawfinch
  248. Lapland Longspur
  249. Snow Bunting
  250. Yellowhammer
  251. Cirl Bunting
  252. Reed Bunting
  253. Corn Bunting

Only two months left of our big year and still no Little owl!!! We have had them in the garden in the past and they are always in our village but this year they are hiding from me!!!

Ticks for us all!

Before I tell you about our brilliant day today let me firstly tall you about Saturday morning. Oh, but before I tell you about Saturday I really must tell you something about my wish list before we began the year. There were very few birds I had pin-pointed that I really wanted to see but a special Wheatear was high on my wish list.

We had been invited to a family lunch on Saturday but a message rang out that an Isabelline wheatear was at Burnham Overy Dunes. We were confident that we could get there, see the bird and be at our lunch date for 12 o’clock. I had never been to the site before but we found out where to park and off we went. Now I like a walk but the path for the first half of our walk was, to say the least, muddy. This picture shows one of the better parts!  img_1125-burnham-overy-dunes-path

Still we eventually reached the place and were so pleased to, quite quickly, get a view of the bird, hooray!  We knew we were pushing our luck time wise so didn’t stay long.

We had messaged our apologies that we would be late and at the same time asked my sister if I could borrow a pair of trousers as I was to say the very least covered in mud! We were really chuffed to have seen the bird though, a life tick for us both, the lunch that followed was a lovely time too. This shows a few of the birder and some greylag geese that flew by on our walk back to the car.

Yesterday at the same site a Desert wheatear had been seen as well, shame we hadn’t seen that we thought. Now back to today more excitement! We arranged to take Alice and Matilda out birding and were all keen to return to Burnham Overy Dunes to try to hopefully see both of the rarer Wheatears. We parked in a different place so as to take a route which avoided mud! My goodness it was so much better, a lovely walk along the sea wall and hardly a spot of mud in sight!

Plenty of waders including Curlew and other birds to see along the way including this perched Kestral.

We realised that the Wheatear had moved on from where we had viewed it a couple of days ago. We saw the two Wheatear, Isabelline and Desert fly together to a grassy hill but didn’t see the Isabelline again! Thankfully the Desert wheatear sat up for a short while, time for us all to get a good look and take several out of focus pictures! Thankfully though one picture isn’t too bad, phew!  img_1162-desert-wheatear

Time for a bit of froliking in the dunes, Alice and Matilda certainly enjoyed themselves!

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As we walked back I kept my ears opened around any groups of birders to see if anything else was around. A Radde’s warbler had been seen but not for over an hour. Just as we were moving on it was seen again! We joined the group as they went in pursuit, up through the dunes and we saw it, first on a bush then off it flew. On went the group and again out it flew, several times we saw it but never was there time to even raise a camera. The Radde’s warbler was bird number 253 and my 26th life tick for the year!

We walked back to the car and decided to to to Titchwell for lunch and another walk if everyone felt up to it! We stopped off briefly to admire the windmill and take an opportunity of photos.

I must tell you how amazing the girls both were all day, by the time we finished we had walked about nine miles and they didn’t moan at all!

Well, lunch was eaten and we thought we would go for a short walk and try to see a Dusky warbler which had been reported on site. We were lucky and all saw it, it is so like a Chiffchaff but one difference was in behaviour, it flicks it’s tail up and down. img_1206-dusky-warblerWe decided to walk up to the sea and we arrived just as a Short eared owl had flown in off the sea! There were plenty of waders and my favourite was this group of Sanderlings dashing around the beach like clockwork toys!  img_1231-sanderling

This Black-headed gull was extreamly friendly, no stroll by the sea for him he hung around where the people were!

On our walk back we saw a variety of ducks and waders, this group of Golden plovers stood out. img_1218-golden-plovers

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A very large number of gulls flew over what was a now rather pretty sky, this is a small section of them. img_1270-gulls

On the journey home we were remembering the birds we had seen and Alice was making a list. Firstly the morning birds, then the afternoon birds and the third section was reserved for ‘special birds’! Now this list of course included the Whatears, Radde’s and Dusky warbler but as it was Alice’s list another bird was in this section and this is him…

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I don’t think Alice would mind how many life ticks she got if there was no Robin the birdwatch would have been a failure!!!

So thank you girls for a lovely day out and for being so good, it was of course a joy to have you with us.

Magical!

The last words of my previous blog entry were an announcement  to the birds that I was ready for them, a challenge that one bird in particular took up!!!

Yesterday was the first day this week that I woke feeling human as at last my migraine cleared up. I decided to catch up on a couple of things, so first  I caught up on the blog and later I began sorting photos that had arrived for our scrap book. Before I got far with the book I got news from Peter about a brilliant bird that had flown in and his suggestion was that we should, “go, go, go!” The only catch was that it was in Yorkshire, what to do that was the question. Quick look on Booking.com meant we found somewhere to spend the night so we grabbed a case with a few essential, got optics and were in the car and off. We knew we would arrive after dark but also that we would be close by to strike early!

So what bird is that I hear you ask? Aha, what is the bird in question? Well it is a Siberian Accentor and it is the first on mainland Britain, the first for the UK was on the Shetland Isles only last week!

Bless Ian for driving as we arrived a couple of hours after sunset and found our place for the night. We received a lovely welcome and arranged a breakfast bag to take with us as we would be out before breakfast. Alarm was set but not needed we were awake and keen to get out. When we arrived at Easington (just a few miles away) it was manic! Cars and birders everywhere! We found a spot and walked to the site where a long queue was waiting for their turns to view the bird. We joined the queue!img_0734-queueThe picture shows a little bit of the queue but can you see the lack of women? Why is birding such a male heavy hobby?

The atmosphere was lovely and everyone co-operated with the system, wait in the queue, get ushered over in turn and after a very short while get moved on! Very funny but we all got to see the bird so no one was complaining and everyone was free to join the queue again if they wished. We didn’t but we did return later in the morning when this is how things looked!

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So on our second visit we were free to enjoy the bird properly! This time I got photos that actually show the bird so we were really delighted to have a second shot. A lovely little bird and we were VERY pleased to have taken Peter’s advice to “go, go, go!” I suspect the weekend will get busy again.

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Apart from seeing the Siberian accentor we haven’t had any birds to add to our year list but we have seen some smashing birds none the less. Between our two trips to Easington we went to Sammy’s Point and it was just the sort of place I love and the still early light added to it.

I was pleased to find a Ring ouzel which was quickly joined by a second one and by the time we moved on there were six!

Whilst at Sammy’s point I have never seen so much bird movement and that really did feel magical! I have never seen so many Goldcrests, warblers, buntings, Robins, winter thrushes and more, it was simply alive. There were of course lots of birders there and everyone was chirpy as all had been and seen the Accentor so for us all any thing else was going to be a bonus. Another treat was to see Woodcock in flight, I am pretty sure I haven’t seen that before. Of course the appearance Wheatears always adds its own magic, today was no exception. We saw a lone Swallow, I don’t suppose we will see many more this year.

We were having such a good time that we decided to return to our B & B, Dunedin Country House, which we had already checked out of, and have a coffee and see if they had a room for us for another night. I am sitting in it now so indeed the answer was yes! We would certainly recomend staying here, they are friendly, welcoming and accomadating.

We couldn’t be so close to Spurn without a visit so we headed there too. I must confess to being uncertain which of the shots are Spurn and which are taken at Sammy’s point (it’s been a long day!)

There had been several reports of birds that would have been ticks for us but unfortunately we couldn’t connect with any of them. None the less we saw some good birds including similar birds to those seen at Sammy’s point, no Ouzels but we did see a  Jack snipe and this lovely Shore Lark. We saw a small group of Shore larks early in the year but got no recognisable photos so I was pleased to get a go today!

We had hoped to see a Pallas’s warbler but no such luck even though there was at least one in the area. Other birds evaded us but we really did have a cracking day. When we went for our second trip to see the Siberian accentor as we walked up the road to it we were delighted to see this Redstart, another bird we had earlier in the year but again no previous shots (as far as I remember!).

Our parting jaunt for the day was a second trip to Sammy’s point, after a short walk Eastward we decided to go Westward instead! This direction took us down a path between the sea and a dyke, plenty of warblers were taking advantage of the reeds! When we were nearly back to the car we saw a Pied flycatcher on the stones by the sea.

Amongst the birds that were reported but only seen briefly, not by us, was a Rose coloured starling in a church yard. I include this photo for one reason and one reason only, the opportunity to tell you about my Star Wars moment. See the picture and then imagine my very best Obi Wan Kenobi voice …”These are not the Starling you are looking for!”

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Now for the absolutely last pictures for today, these are to illustrate what I have in common with the bird of the day, the wind really does play havoc with hair/feathers.

So today has been a magical day and having just had a good meal (we missed lunch) we are relaxing ready to see what tomorrow may bring. We are planning to go to Donna Nook and hope some good birds have similar plans!!!

 

 

Distant…elusive…mobile!

Distant, elusive and mobile are three words I dislike using about a bird but today I must! There had been a sudden fall of warblers in Norfolk (and elsewhere) recently and of course we were fortunate last week to get the Eastern crowned warbler (see previous blog entry) but it was time to go in search of more. Unfortunately I awoke on Monday with a thumping migraine and slept most of the day away topping it off with an early night! I really hoped Tuesday would be better and I was determined to go out birding the moment any reports came in. Unfortunately I didn’t feel a lot better than the previous day but out we went and the air did help (not a lot but a tad) and we were heading to Cromer. I should mention the weather seemed to be feeling similar to me as it rained most of the way! As we neared Cromer the sun came out and it turned into a beautiful morning.

A Dusky warbler had been there, by the golf club for a few days and it would be a life tick for me. We found our way to the golf club and although it is unlikely any of their members read this I hope they do. We met several players that morning and every one of them was delightful! Helpful with directions, interested in what we were after Etc so Cromer golf club got a big team point from me! We walked up to the lighthouse and what a beautiful setting it is.img_0671-cromer-lighthouse

We knew where the bird had been seen but saw a group of birders in a different place nearby so after a look in the original place we moved on. Indeed the birders had been watching the bird flitting in and out of the trees and we didn’t have to wait long. Here comes the blog title, not only was it distant, elusive and mobile but I was trying to focus through a banging headache and dancing lights, not ideal. I did see the bird and that is what counts, it was moving from tree to shrub and back again before being chased by a bully Chiffchaff! Not a chance of a picture which was a shame but under the circumstances I was happy to have seen the bird.

We decided to go for a walk at Cley and when we arrived there we were told a Dusky warbler had been seen on Arnold’s marsh, two in one morning that would be funny. We walked along the East bank but no sign and on talking to others it would seem someone had a brief view earlier and it wasn’t seen again, never mind the Cromer one was a life tick so no complaints from me.

There was no shortage of Greylag geese and also in the distance some white-fronted geese.

Also the now common Little egret, we definitely see more egrets than herons in recent times at least in Norfolk. Funny to think they used to be exotic!

We popped into the new hide on the East bank and a little bird flew through the hide nearly knocking my nose off, I have no idea what it was!!! Pipits were feeding on the still colourful marsh.img_0705-pipit

We decided to have a snack at the visitor’s centre and it was whilst there that we heard of a Barred warbler on the West bank! Soup downed and we were off feeling very optimistic as we could see a group up on the bank and the news was they were seeing it well, phew! We were there in a matter of moments and along with the group watching a shrub where it had been showing. It was a very busy bush, a Robin, female Blackcap and a Stonechat were among the other birds sharing the shrub with the warbler.

Out it popped, in, out and in again! At least we could see it well although again getting pictures wasn’t good. By this time my head had improved but sadly it was still not as I would have liked it to be. Time for a cuppa at my favourite tea shop in North Norfolk also known as Janice and Chris’, thank you once again!

As we drank our tea the pager kept beeping with news from Wells wood. An Olive-backed pipit, Radde’s warbler and then Aquatic warbler! Much as I really wanted to be back home it seemed daft not to go for them, before we set out the Aquatic warbler was corrected to an Arctic warbler!!! Off we went with only an hour or so of light left. We hunted around The Dell which was alive with birds including lots of crests and at least one Yellow-browed warbler but no sign of the ones we were after. It wasn’t long before the rain arrived and it came with a vengeance so we turned tail and headed back to the car and set off for home.

So we were lucky earlier with the Dusky and Barred warblers but not so lucky later on. The lack of photos of the day are testament to how I was feeling and the fact that I hadn’t even put them on the computer till today (two days later) tells you how I have been feeling but thankfully this morning I woke feeling a whole lot better so come on birds I’m ready for you!

A much needed lift!

This has been a mixed week due partly to some slight disturbance in domestic harmony…enough said I think!

On Monday we went to Holme-next-the-sea and I was so excited as we were after a bird I really want to get this year! Now when I tell you about the bird you may be surprised as it is not much to look at, it is a Richard’s pipit. I have never seen one and as I was born a Richards I thought it would be good to add it to my life list on this special year.

We parked at Thornham, when we could find a spot not under water, and walked along the sea wall to Holme. On the way we saw a few waders enjoying the mud including this grey plover and Curlew.

On we went still hoping to see the pipit we had gone for. It had been seen on the land behind this piece of water and I must admit my optimism was fading slightly as I couldn’t imagine seeing it well enough to ID.

We met several people looking but no one had seen it. One couple we met were down for a few days from Yorkshire, their local patch, they told us, was Bempton…keep that in mind for later!

We had a good walk at Holme but no sign of the desired Richard’s pipit, so back we went to Thornham. We saw a Chinese water deer which was new for the year so we were chuffed with that. It was a lovely day so we were pleased to be out and about in spite of dipping the bird. Here are a few of the other birds at Thornham, Little egret, Black headed gull and a Spotted Redshank.

We nipped into Titchwell on the way home far a stroll and a cuppa. So that was Monday and I must confess I was disappointed but of course…you can’t win them all.

Tuesday’s highlight was going to Daniel and Matilda’s harvest festival, I love that sort of thing I was happy to be there for Daniel’s first at school and Matilda’s last at that school.

Now on to today, Wednesday and again we were off chasing a bird! This time it was way up in Yorkshire, to be precise Bempton which is why I mentioned the couple at Holme, I bet they wish they were home now. The bird in question is an Eastern Crowned Warbler and there have only been three accepted records in Britain before.

Once we knew that it been seen this morning we were off and the journey seemed longer than usual but that is the effect of heading for a tick! We arrived and it was clear where we needed to head for the bird and it wasn’t long before we saw it. A lovely little bird that seems to have palled up with a couple of Yellow-browed warblers, some Goldcrests, Chiffchaffs. Sadly no photo opportunity as each appearance the bird was on the move, it would land on a branch but in no time flat it was off again. No complaints though it was a lovely bird and we saw it well.

Bempton is a lovely place and I enjoyed a good walk along the top of the cliffs, seeing a field vole on the way. There are still lots of Gannets there but the other birds that breed there are gone, hopefully to return next spring.

Still a couple of youngsters were lurking on the cliffs with the adults. It was our first visit there this year and I am glad the warbler tempted us there.

Earlier in the morning an albatross had been spotted but we weren’t there for that! I think one life tick in a day is acceptable though. As I was walking back along the cliff path a warbler flew in off the sea into the scrub, of course I lost sight of it so I will never know wha tit was. The annoying thing is that soon after we left on our homeward journey a Greenish warbler was found, I wonder if that is what ‘my’ bird was!

So it has been a mixed week so far, I wonder what else it holds. Actually I know what tomorrow morning holds for me, a flu jab!!!

 

Where did August go?

Now I know people say that time goes faster as you get older but it also goes fast when you are having fun so that is my excuse. August really has raced by, maybe because during the school holidays we have had more family visits and when Alice, Matilda and Daniel are around time just races by as I love it and them so much!

It has been a quiet month for birds but still we have had a few good ticks, but insects have picked up quite a bit especially moths. Here are pictures of a few that dropped in!

August began with a day out with Ian, Alice and Matilda spent at Minsmere and to be honest  was one of the best days of the month. We got a life tick which is also a tick for the U K a Purple swamphen so that is hard to beat and after that the girls helped us seek out butterflies by the sea. Grayling butterfly was a new one for me and the sheer volume of Common blue ones was brilliant. Also a couple of rather different bees!

August has been hampered by my back but we still had trips out albeit less than usual. A trip the The green Britain centre was good although we failed to spot a Burnet that we had hoped for.

I missed out on Birdfair but on the plus side Ian returned with gifts!!! Even whilst being at home we had a visit from a Blackcap and several new moths, some new for the year whilst other were entirely new for us.

A day out in hot sunshine came later in the month when we got three bird ticks along with butterflies and moths. Now I honestly didn’t realise that butterflies (and moths) migrated until this year and I certainly didn’t expect to see them fly in off the sea but I did! A Clouded yellow butterfly flew in and had the decency to land and pause to be photographed, now that is my kind of butterfly! Also Wryneck, Arctic Skua and Red-backed shrike all on one day!

August ended with a weekend away enjoying English Country gardens as talked about in the previous blog, so I will just repeat a single picture.IMG_8689 Smooth newt

Now as this is a monthly round up it is list time beginning with birds:

List end August

  1. Mute Swan
  2. Bewick Swan
  3. Whooper Swan
  4. Pink-footed Goose
  5. White-fronted Goose
  6. Greylag Goose
  7. Canada Goose
  8. Barnacle Goose
  9. Brent Goose
  10. Egyptian Goose
  11. Common Shelduck
  12. Muscovy duck
  13. Mandarin Duck
  14. Eurasian Wigeon
  15. Gadwall
  16. Eurasian Teal
  17. Mallard
  18. Pintail
  19. Garganey
  20. Shoveler
  21. Red-crested Pochard
  22. Common Pochard
  23. Ferruginous Duck *
  24. Tufted duck
  25. Greater Scaup
  26. Common Eider
  27. Long-tailed Duck
  28. Common Scoter
  29. Velvet Scoter
  30. Goldeneye
  31. Smew
  32. Hooded merganser *
  33. Red-breasted Merganser
  34. Red Grouse
  35. Black Grouse
  36. Goosander
  37. Red-legged Partridge
  38. Grey Partridge
  39. Common Pheasant
  40. Golden Pheasant
  41. Little Grebe
  42. Great Crested Grebe
  43. Red-necked Grebe *
  44. Slavonian Grebe
  45. Black-necked Grebe
  46. Fulmar
  47. Manx Shearwater
  48. Gannet
  49. Cormorant
  50. Shag
  51. Bittern
  52. Little Egret
  53. Great Egret
  54. Grey Heron
  55. White Stork
  56. Glossy Ibis
  57. Spoonbill
  58. Red Kite
  59. White-tailed Eagle
  60. Marsh Harrier
  61. Hen Harrier
  62. Pallid Harrier *
  63. Goshawk *
  64. Eurasian Sparrowhawk
  65. Common Buzzard
  66. Rough-legged Buzzard
  67. Golden Eagle
  68. Osprey
  69. Kestrel
  70. Merlin
  71. Hobby
  72. Peregrine Falcon
  73. Water Rail
  74. Corn Crake
  75. Moorhen
  76. Western purple swamphen*
  77. Coot
  78. Common Crane
  79. Great bustard *
  80. Oystercatcher
  81. Black-winged Stilt
  82. Pied Avocet
  83. Stone-curlew
  84. Little ringed Plover
  85. Ringed Plover
  86. Dotterel
  87. European Golden Plover
  88. Grey Plover
  89. Lapwing
  90. Great Knot*
  91. Knot
  92. Sanderling
  93. Little Stint
  94. Temminck’s Stint
  95. Curlew Sandpiper
  96. Purple Sandpiper
  97. Dunlin
  98. Broad-billed Sandpiper *
  99. Ruff
  100. Jack Snipe
  101. Common Snipe
  102. Long-billed Dowitcher *
  103. Woodcock
  104. Black-tailed Godwit
  105. Bar-tailed Godwit
  106. Whimbrel
  107. Curlew
  108. Spotted Redshank
  109. Common Redshank
  110. Common Greenshank
  111. Lesser Yellowlegs
  112. Green Sandpiper
  113. Wood Sandpiper
  114. Common Sandpiper
  115. Ruddy Turnstone
  116. Grey Phalarope
  117. Arctic Skua
  118. Mediterranean Gull
  119. Little Gull
  120. Black-headed Gull
  121. Common Gull
  122. Lesser Black-backed Gull
  123. Herring Gull
  124. Iceland Gull
  125. Glaucous Gull *
  126. Great Black-backed Gull
  127. Kittiwake
  128. Caspian Tern *
  129. Sandwich Tern
  130. Common Tern
  131. Arctic Tern
  132. Common Guillemot
  133. Razorbill
  134. Black Guillemot
  135. Puffin
  136. Rock Pigeon
  137. Stock Pigeon
  138. Wood Pigeon
  139. Collared Dove
  140. Turtle Dove
  141. Rose-ringed Parakeet *
  142. Cuckoo
  143. Barn Owl
  144. Tawny Owl
  145. Short-eared Owl
  146. Common Swift
  147. Common Kingfisher
  148. European Bee-eater *
  149. Hoopoe
  150. Wryneck
  151. Green Woodpecker
  152. Great Spotted Woodpecker
  153. Lesser Spotted Woodpecker
  154. Wood Lark
  155. Sky Lark
  156. Shore Lark (horned lark)
  157. Sand Martin
  158. Swallow
  159. Red-rumped Swallow *
  160. House Martin
  161. Tree Pipit
  162. Meadow Pipit
  163. Rock Pipit
  164. Water Pipit
  165. Yellow Wagtail (Grey-headed)
  166. Grey Wagtail
  167. Pied Wagtail
  168. Dipper
  169. Wren
  170. Dunnock
  171. Robin
  172. Common Nightingale *
  173. Bluethroat*
  174. Black Redstart
  175. Common Redstart
  176. Whinchat
  177. Stonechat
  178. Wheatear
  179. Ring Ouzel
  180. Blackbird
  181. Fieldfare
  182. Song Thrush
  183. Redwing
  184. Mistle Thrush
  185. Cetti’s Warbler
  186. Grasshopper Warbler
  187. Sedge Warbler
  188. Eurasian Reed Warbler
  189. Great Reed Warbler*
  190. Dartford Warbler
  191. Lesser Whitethroat
  192. Whitethroat
  193. Blackcap
  194. Wood Warbler
  195. Common Chiffchaff
  196. Willow Warbler
  197. Goldcrest
  198. Firecrest
  199. Spotted Flycatcher
  200. Red-breasted Flycatcher
  201. Pied Flycatcher
  202. Bearded Tit
  203. Long-tailed Tit
  204. Marsh Tit
  205. Willow Tit
  206. Crested Tit *
  207. Coal Tit
  208. Blue Tit
  209. Great Tit
  210. Nuthatch
  211. Treecreeper
  212. Penduline tit *
  213. Red-backed Shrike
  214. Great Grey Shrike
  215. Jay
  216. Magpie
  217. Jackdaw
  218. Rook
  219. Crow
  220. Hooded Crow
  221. Common Raven
  222. Starling
  223. House Sparrow
  224. Tree Sparrow
  225. Chaffinch
  226. Brambling
  227. Serin *
  228. Greenfinch
  229. Goldfinch
  230. Siskin
  231. Linnet
  232. Twite
  233. Lesser Redpoll
  234. Mealy Redpoll
  235. Bullfinch
  236. Hawfinch
  237. Lapland Longspur
  238. Snow Bunting
  239. Yellowhammer
  240. Cirl Bunting
  241. Reed Bunting
  242. Corn Bunting

 

 

Moths (Macros)  alphabetised    213 

Angle shades

Barred straw

Barred yellow

Beautiful golden Y

Beautiful hook-tip

Black arches

Blackneck

Blood-vein

Bordered beauty

Bordered pug

Bright-line brown-eye

Brimstone

Brindled beauty

Brindled pug

Brown rustic

Brown-line bright-eye

Brown-tail

Buff arches

Buff ermine

Buff tip

Burnished brass

Cabbage moth

Canary-shouldered thorn

Chinese character

Cinnabar

Clay

Clouded border

Clouded drab

Clouded silver

Clouded-bordered brindle

Coast dart

Common carpet

Common emerald

Common footman

Common marbled carpet

Common pug

Common Quaker

Common rustic

Common swift

Common wave

Common wainscot

Copper underwing

Coronet

Coxcomb prominent

Currant pug

Cypress pug

Dark arches

Dark-barred twin-spot carpet

Dark Spectacle

Dark spinach

Dark/grey dagger

Dingy footman

Dot moth

Dotted chestnut

Double square spot

Double-striped pug

Drinker

Dun-bar

Dusky brocade

Dusky sallow

Dusky thorn

Dwarf cream wave

Early grey

Early moth

Early thorn

Early toothed-stripe

Elephant hawkmoth

Emperor moth

Engrailed

Eyed hawkmoth

Fan-foot

Flame shoulder

Flounced rustic

Four-dotted footman

Foxglove pug

Frosted green

Frosted orange

Garden carpet

Garden tiger

Ghost moth

Great prominent

Green carpet

Green pug

Green silver-lines

Grey pine carpet

Heart and club

Heart and dart

Hebrew character

Herald

Hummingbird hawkmoth

Iron prominent

July highflyer

Knot-grass

Latticed heath

Large emerald

Large nutmeg

Large yellow underwing

Least black arches

Least carpet

Least yellow underwing

Leopard moth

Lesser cream wave

Lesser broad-bordered yellow underwing

Lesser swallow prominent

Lesser yellow underwing

Light arches

Light brocade

Light emerald

Lilac beauty

Lime hawkmoth

Lobster moth

Lychnis

Maiden’s blush

Map-winged swift

Marbled beauty

Marbled brown

Marbled minor

March moth

Marbled white spot

Mottled beauty

Mottled pug

Mottled rustic

Mottled umber

Mouse moth

Muslin

Nutmeg

Nut-tree tussock

Oak beauty

Orange footman

Orange Swift

Pale brindle beauty

Pale eggar

Pale mottled willow

Pale prominent

Pale tussock

Pale-shouldered brocade

Peach blossom

Pebble hook-tip

Peppered moth

Pine hawkmoth

Plain golden Y

Poplar grey

Poplar hawkmoth

Powdered Quaker

Purple bar

Red twin-spot carpet

Riband wave

Rosy footman

Rosy rustic

Royal mantle

Ruby tiger

Rustic shoulder-knot

Scalloped oak

Scarce footman

Scorched wing

Setaceous Hebrew character

Shears

Short-cloaked moth

Shoulder stripe

Shoulder-striped wainscot

Shuttle-shaped dart

Silver Y

Silver-ground carpet

Single-dotted wave

Six-striped rustic

Slender brindle

Small angle shades

Small blood-vein

Small brindled beauty

Small dusty wave

Small fan-foot

Small fan-footed wave

Small Quaker

Small rivulet

Small square-spot

Small yellow wave

Smoky wainscot

Snout

Spectacle

Spinach

Spruce carpet

Square-spot rustic

Straw dot

Straw underwing

Streamer

Swallow prominent

Swallow-tailed moth

Tawny speckled pug

The flame

Treble bar

Treble lines

Triple-spotted pug

Uncertain

V moth

V Pug

Vapourer

Varied coronet

Vine’s rustic

Waved umber

White ermine

White satin moth

White-point

Willow beauty

Winter moth

Yellow-barred brindle

Yellow shell

Yellow-tail

Micro moths to end of August 2016     54

 

  1. Barred marble (Celypha striana)
  2. Beautiful china-mark ( Nymphula nitdulata )
  3. Bee moth ( Aphomia sociella)
  4. Bird-cherry ermine ( Yponomeuta evonymella )
  5. Brown china-mark ( Elophila nymphaeata)
  6. Brown house moth   (Hofmannophila pseudospretella)
  7. Chequered grass veneer ( Catopria falsella )
  8. Codling moth (Cydia pomonella)
  9. Common drill ( Dichrorampha petiverella )
  10. Common grey (Scoparia ambiguallis)
  11. Common marble ( Celypha lacunana )
  12. Common plume ( Emmelina monodactyla)
  13. Cyclamen tortrix ( Clepsis spectrana )
  14. Dawn flat-body (Semioscopis steinkellneriana)
  15. Diamond- back moth   (Plutella xylostella)
  16. Dingy dowd (Blastobasis adustella)
  17. Dotted oak knot-horn ( Phycita roborella)
  18. Double striped tabby ( Hypsopygia glaucinalis )
  19. Elbow stripe grass-veneer (Agriphila geniculea)
  20. Elder pearl (Anania coronate)
  21. Fenland pearl (Anania perlucidalis)
  22. Garden grass-veneer   (Chrysoteuchia culmella)
  23. Garden pebble (Evergestis forficalis)
  24. Garden rose tortrix ( Acleris variegana )
  25. Gold triangle ( Hypsopygia costalis )
  26. Grass-veneer (Crambus pascuella)
  27. Large fruit-tree tortrix ( Archips podana)
  28. Large Ivy Tortrix   (Lozotaenia forsterana)
  29. Large tabby ( Aglossa pinguinalis)
  30. Little grey (Eudonia lacustrara)
  31. London dowd ( Blastobasis lacticolella)
  32. Long-horned flat-body ( Carcina quercana )
  33. Many plumed moth (Aluctia hexadactyla)
  34. Marbled orchard tortrix (Hedya nubiferana)
  35. March tubic (Diurnea fagella)
  36. Marbled piercer (Cydia splendana)
  37. Meal moth (Pyralis farinalis)
  38. Mother of pearl ( Pleuroptya ruralis )
  39. Obscure agg. ( Oegoconia agg. )
  40. Pale straw pearl ( Udea lutealis )
  41. Privet tortrix (Clepsis consimilana)
  42. Red-barred tortrix ( Ditula angustiorana )
  43. Ringed china-mark ( Parapoynx stratiotata )
  44. Rough-winged conch   (Phtheochroa rugosana)
  45. Rose tabby ( Endotricha flammealis )
  46. Small grey ( Eudonia mercurella )
  47. Small magpie (Anania hortulata)
  48. Spindle ermine (Yponomeuta cagnaglla)
  49. Sulphur Tubic ( Esperia sulphurella)
  50. Triple-blotched bell (Notocelia trimaculana)
  51. White shouldered house moth ( Endrosis sarcitrella)
  52. White-headed Ermel (Paraswammerdamia alibicapitella)
  53. Yellow-faced bell (Notocella cynosbatella)
  54. Yellow-spot tortrix (Pseudargyotoza conwagana)Butterflies to the end of August      24

    Red admiral

    Brimstone

    Peacock

    Small tortoiseshell

    Speckled wood

    Green-vein white

    Orange tip

    Small white

    Holly blue

    Small copper

    Small heath

    Dark green fritillary

    Common blue

    Large heath

    Small pearl-bordered fritillary

    Green hairstreak

    Painted lady

    Ringlet

    Large skipper

    Large white

    Gatekeeper

    Small skipper

    Comma

    Grayling

    Mammal list      21

    1. Rabbit.
    2. Stoat
    3. Hare
    4. Grey squirrel
    5. Common seal
    6. Roe deer
    7. Red deer
    8. Muntjak deer
    9. Sperm whale
    10. Grey seal
    11. Otter
    12. Weasel
    13. Bank vole
    14. Fallow deer
    15. Red squirrel
    16. Pine marten
    17. Beaver
    18. Daubenton’s bat
    19. Common pipistrelle
    20. Water vole
    21. Hedgehog 

      Reptiles & Amphibians 2016      2

      1. Grass snake
      2. Smooth newt

     

    Insects and other bits and bobs!       50

           (Thank you to those that have helped with Ids in this group)

    1. Common Wasp
    2. Ladybird 7 spot
    3. Ladybird harlequin
    4. Lacewing green
    5. Lacewing brown
    6. Bloody nosed beetle
    7. Red tailed Bumble bee
    8. White tailed Bumble bee
    9. Honey bee
    10. Snail
    11. Slug
    12. Wood ants
    13. Scottish wood ants
    14. Mining bees
    15. Froghopper
    16. Hawthorn shieldbug
    17. two banded longhorn beetle
    18. Poplar leaf beetle
    19. Woodlouse
    20. Earwig
    21. Earth worm
    22. Wolf spider
    23. Green dock beetle
    24. Green leafhopper
    25. Bee fly
    26. Green sawfly
    27. Dark bush-cricket
    28. Pantallon bee
    29. Bee-wolf
    30. Daddy-long-legs spider
    31. Ophion obscratus (wasp)
    32. Cock chaffer
    33. House spider
    34. Money spider
    35. Zebra spider
    36. Green fly
    37. Black fly
    38. Helophilus pendulus (type of hover fly!)
    39. Common field grasshopper
    40. Meadow grasshopper
    41. Mottled grasshopper
    42. Centipede
    43. Millipede
    44. Harvestman
    45. Carrion beetle
    46. Common green shieldbug
    47. Buff tailed bumble bee
    48. Southern oak bush cricket
    49. Pond skaters
    50. Water boatmen

 That makes a total of 606 and I think I need to work on the reptile/amphibian group!!!

Once again thank you so much for oyur support and sticking with me, all comments VERY welcome.