Great end to the half term week.
Thursday night- I went to the brecks, again. After driving round the forest clearfells near East Harling, I decided to set up at one and hope. I was rewarded with excellent views of Nightjar at 3 seperate clearfells, including a pair. Intiguing to watch, for as long as the light allowed. Incessant churring combined with the odd croaking sound, can't work out if both sexes emit this call or not. Woodcock, Red Deer and Tawny owl the other highlights. Possible Long eared in the headlights but could so easily have been Tawny at that distance. Still, managed to avoid any dogging sites this time.
Friday- put in 3 hours sky watching from Pipps Ford in Suffolk in hope that the Booted Eagle would be seen again. It wasn't, although hopefully it will be pinned down now, reports today suggest it is in the Havant/Andover area. Hobby, Buzzard and Nightingale were seen during the watch, and it was good to catch up the 3 other birders who made the effort.
Saturday- Moth trap this morning had Poplar and Privet Hawk Moth, Buff Tip and a few others bits I am yet to ID; hopefully some pictures to follow.
5 Black Winged Stilts at Titchwell proved too tempting. Only saw 4 at any one time, but on the walk back from the beach one individual, possibly son of Sammy, was showing much closer. Grasshopper Warbler reeled not far from the centre, Bearded Tits were busy and a few summer plumaged Sanderling were on the beach. I was too late for the Gull Billed Tern, but nay matter, for this was Titchwell at its very, spring best.
Wednesday, 2 June 2010
It is half term, so I promised myself one early start. drove off into the Brecks at just gone 5am this morning, and after years of anguish and pain, I finally connected with a Golden Pheasant. I would guess around 3 calling males at a sensitive site. 2 Cuckoos, few Mistle Thrush and a Red Deer stag topped off the morning. Put that in your Springwatch and smoke it.