Sunday, September 23, 2012

Barred Warbler

Had a great Saturday with my friend Ian who volunteered to come on his first birding trip with me. We had an early start leaving Woking at 05: 30am as our destination was Norfolk! Our first stop (after a fry-up in Brandon) was at Holme Dunes where we got nice looks at the long staying BARRED WARBLER!  I found out about this bird prior to our trip. Thanks The Birds of Norfolk

Scanning for Barred Warbler

Our next next stop was Titchwell RSPB Reserve where we spent most of the day. We got over 70 species and a great selection of waders. We didn't connect with the Pectoral Sandpiper that had been seen earlier but had good looks at Little Stint and Curlew Sandpiper.

Curlew Sandpiper
Titchwell - Volunteer Marsh
Scoping for waders across Freshwater Marsh
Ian checking the birds of Titchwell
Bearded Tit
After getting our fill of coffee and cake at Titchwell we headed down to Cley Marshes, stopping at Cley Spy to drawl over a scope. We didn't have much time at Cley but luckily we didn't really need it as we got news of a YELLOW-BROWED WARBLER on the reserve. In fact, it was gleaning bugs off the willows just outside the main hides. 10 minutes later I got my second lifer for the day, though only for a few seconds, as the bird decided to depart on seeing me reach for my camera:)

Rich on a Curlew Sandpiper at Titchwell
400 mile round trip
75 Species
2 lifers: Barred Warbler and Yellow-browed Warbler.

Thanks Ian for a great day and being such a good sport on a long birding day!

Saturday, September 8, 2012

Red-footed Falcon!

An average days birding turned out very differently with a twitch in West Sussex! Today Lori and I took Lori's work colleague, Sandra and her husband,Jono, out for a days birding at  Pulborough Brooks RSPB Reserve.

The birding was a little slow with only a few migrants clinging on in the bushes. On the  flats there were just a few waders showing including Dunlin, Green Sandpiper, Black-tailed Godwit and Lapwing. Best of all was a group of over 20 Snipe seen from Nettley's hide. Whilst walking around the reserve we bumped into one of the volunteers who informed us of a rare RED-FOOTED FALCON at Ivy Lake near Chichester. (20 minute drive). 

After the obligatory soup, cake and tea at the reserve cafe we headed on our first twitch for a while. On arrival at Ivy Lake there were already about 15 birders positioned opposite the small gravel pit where the bird was feeding of dragonflies.

One of the birders informed us that the bird had 'just flown' but not to worry, as it routinely took off on a sortie. After only about two minutes the bird returned and I was looking at my first British Red-footed Falcon!

We all enjoyed great looks and after about 15 minutes of ogling this beauty we headed for Pulborough, specifically the White Hart pub for a celebratory pint!