30th May 2011 and a text from Casper, that Bill Aspin had found a Spotted Sandpiper
at Brockholes, just had to be twitched. The bird showed well and interacted with a
Common Sandpiper nearby, spreading it's wings and fanning it's tail.
This bird seemed a little duller than last years bird at Stocks, with less defined spotting
and duller legs and bill.
27th-29th May three visits to Foulridge during the period yielded: 2 Dunlin, 5 Little
Ringed Plover (one excavating nest scrape), Turnstone and Arctic Tern.
I spent two evenings at a Long-Eared Owl site, where both adults and young were seen.
The adult birds had several "run-ins" with Carrion Crows that were determined to
steal voles/mice, brought in for the chicks.
May 24th 2011 and a report of a Gannet on Lower Foulridge by an unfamiliar name
on the ELOC website had to be investigated. After scanning the res' for ten minutes
i almost gave up when, tucked up against the bushes on the far bank was a large
Lower Foulridge played host to another Gannet during July 2008, when an immature
bird was seen on and off for over a week!
The bird showed extremely well at times, down to a few yards.
It made many half-hearted attempts to plunge dive but was unsuccessful in catching any
Almost missed was a female Common Scoter at the opposite end of the Reservoir in
A whistle stop tour of Norfolk and neighbouring counties for some of the
special breeding birds of the area resulted in mixed success.
I failed to see Montagu's Harrier and didn't meet anyone who had, also failed
with Honey Buzzard too. On a brighter note, self-found Golden Oriole and Wood Sand'
made up for the omissions.
A splendid Red-Necked Phalarope at Burton Norton and churring Nightjars on
Salthouse were magic. Other highlights included Little Stint, Garganey and Black Tern.
These Coot images below show how a coupling of Damselflies met their ending
Coot with chick
This Carrion Crow stole five Avocet eggs in thirty minutes at Titchwell RSPB
20th May 2011 Two pairs of Little-Ringed Plovers and the odd Redshank were
the only waders on Foulridge upper reservoir early afternoon.
On the lower res' with water levels still high, around 200 hirundines were feeding.
A Hobby flew over and attempted to catch a Sand Martin, then carried on west.
The bird had some brown flight feathers on the upper wing, indicating second summer
A pair of Starlings have been nesting at Burwains clubhouse and i stood behind a
fence and managed to get some close shots without disturbing the birds.
18th May 2011 alate evening visit to Upper Foulridge to check for migrant waders,
4 Little-Ringed Plover, Ringed Plover, 2 Dunlin, Common Sandpiper and
Redshank were present.
A small group of Swifts, feeding low over Brownhill Lane, quickly built up to over
100 and i attempted some shots in failing light.
16th May 2011 marshside i spent all afternoon moving between junction pool and
Sangrounder's, with a brief visit to Nel's.
150 Dunlin were on junction pool, along with a Little Stint. 10 Ringed Plover
and a Curlew Sandpiper. A Whimbrel and Little Gull dropped in later in the afternoon.