Tuesday, 27 October 2015

Shrike Week

19th Oct.

No sign of the Pallas's warbler this morning and quite a change in the amount of birds compared to yesterday although I found a wheatear near the beach huts plus a marsh harrier was good to see.


News of a great grey shrike at Shuart prompted me to go and have a look in the afternoon. It was not long before it could be seen in the fields to the east and it finally approached close enough to get some photos.


Returning to Seasalter, 2 sanderling were new for this winter and there were big numbers of swallows tracking west with c.100 resting on wires. However, hearing Marc Heath had seen the Dartford warblers at Shuart again I abandoned SS and went back to Shuart finally seeing them after about an hour's wait.  It was also nice to see c.12 grey partridges fly out of the next field, put up by the crop sprayer. 

 The Outfall at Seasalter

A distant Shot of Sanderling at SS

24th Oct.

Another visit to SS adding sparrowhawk to the month list plus 3 gadwall out on the sea. Swallows and a few house martins were still hanging about plus all the SS regulars.

Sun. 25th 

A merlin and a flock of 22 jackdaws were a surprise plus a very high common buzzard. As the tide started to recede 2 bar-tailed godwits came in quite close enabling a few photos.

 All Photos are of the Bar-tailed Godwits

I went to SBBOT hoping to see the SEOs and finally managed a poor photo.


Warren Baker said...

oooooh....some very nice images there Mike :-)

Bernie Weight said...

A rewarding weeks birding Mike with some very nice birds and shots.