Tuesday, 10 May 2011

Flycatcher Collared

After a reasonably quiet walk around Winterton on Saturday morning I thought the talked up rarity fest was not going to happen. The 2 Avocets and Spotted Redshank over Winterton were unexpected rarities, however not those that have come from the South. Sunday started at 4am for me with a sort of guided walk around Surlingham Church Marsh, a nice stroll followed by a great fry u in the pub. A Sunday afternoon around strumpshaw saw a Red Kite fly over and the first Banded Demoiselle of the year, also a few Swallowtails are on the wing now.
News of the Collared Flycatcher at Holme had me a little twichy, in fact so much so that after a quick bite I found myself on the road, I was shattered so had to think twice, but I told myself to do it or I'd regret it, what a bird too! The bird decided to dissapear for 45mins as soon as I arrived, but soon got picked much to my delight, it showed very well for at least an hour much to the delight of the observers.

After that excitement i decided to spend the last half an hour of light at Titchwell, this proved to be a good idea as I managed to get 3 Temminks Stints, Curlew Sand, Gargany at about 5m in the open (!) and a bittern booming well throughout the visit, a fitting end to a great day, I managed to get home at 10.15 after a 4am start bed was most welcome. Up at 5 on mon for a cbc and then 4 again on tuesday so as I write this I'm pretty tired....survey season is here, a time when bleary eyed wardens are easy to find!
Added to the early mornings I have been managing to get the moth trap on, results have been very good over the past few nights, particularly Saturday night with 59 species. I am identifying as many micros as I can without dissection at the moment, not taking any/many macro moth pictures this year, just micros. A few moth photos attached.

A mass emergence of Scarce Chasers on Monday is worth a mention and the very attractive immature dragonflies were all over the place.

I have also included a couple of pics of the Ruddy shelduck at Cantley. Rather oddly it seems to have managed to tame a pair of Egyptian geese, usually they wont stand for anything to be near them so thats pretty odd, whats more amazing is that they have at least 5 young. This is really odd behaviour, I have heard of Egyptian geese herding horses into the corner of a field because they had young so to find a pair of EG with young running around the feet of the RS was quite extrodinary, glad to see they can make friends after all!


  1. How did the survey go around Coldham? Anything of note?
    I sat down to watch the footy, and couldn't bring myself to get back in the car and head to Holme! looks a great bird though. Instead, watched a Heron swallow a Duckling whole at Strumpshaw that evening!

  2. it was a cracking bird, it took some motivation to get in the car though. No nothing of note at Coldham Hall- Brickyard farm apart from many Reed and Sedge warblers, a couple of Cuckoos and only 2 Groppers still reeling.
    Was good to meet you properly on Sunday, keep up the good work at Surlingham.

  3. You too, will be in touch soon no doubt- Marsh Warbler migration expected soon! Maybe that is a little hopeful though!

  4. Unfortunately I was busy painting windows on my house and wasn't able to get to see this cracking flycatcher ! Cracking pictures mate. Also the ruddy shelduck looks like it's making friends down at cantley :-). Hopefully I'll pick up something exciting up on Thursday when I've got a days birding lined up ! Keep up the good work.
    Happy birding

  5. Could be good tomorrow at Strumpshaw or Buck/cant if today was anything to go by, Happy birding