Saturday, 16 February 2013

A Brief Session

I woke up this morning at 5.30am to the sound of a Robin singing and after getting ready was out of the house not long after where I had a drive around the lanes listening for Owls. It was quite cloudy but not a breath of wind which made for some good listening. Despite this I did not hear any Owls and still have not heard or seen a Little Owl, surely they must give themselves up soon. As I was passing back towards Chambers Wall 1 Barn Owl was seen and later at Chambers Wall car park whilst chatting to Derek another Barn Owl showed well in the growing light passing by us quite close. I also heard 2 Grey Partridge from the car park. I only had a brief session today and had to be home by 9.30am to take my daughter to karate so I wandered down to Coldharbour and west along the seawall before returning along the green wall and embankment. A few birds were in song this morning making for some nice sounds and a reminder its only a few weeks away until the migration begins. Birds noted were 2 Skylark, 26 Curlew, 1 Golden Plover, c60 Fieldfare, c100 Cormorant flew in from the south, 1 Woodcock flew over at dawn, 2 Marsh Harrier were patrolling near Shuart and 1 Grey Heron was in the Wantsum. There were 12 Reed Bunting with a few males in song, 7 Mute Swan, 1 Green Woodpecker, c40 Lapwing in fields east of Coldharbour, 5 Shelduck, 3 Meadow Pipit with 1 male giving his parachute display. A couple of dots offshore were probably Great crested Grebes, also seen were 35 Redshank, 7 Turnstone, 18 Oystercatcher, 2 Ringed Plover, 1 Grey Plover, 10 Mallard, 1 Dunlin and 1 Kestrel. With the forthcoming week off work hopefully a few visits into the area to see whats about and maybe some sunshine!



It seems that the Chiffchaff I saw the other day at Reculver is in fact a Siberian Chiffchaff. Derek Smith heard the bird call well today. Here is a photo of the bird from the other day. I shall have to take another look and try to obtain a few better images.

Siberian Chiffchaff


  1. Nice Skylark Marc, they are getting fewer and fewer here now :-(

    I find the Little owls call around 11am, then again around 3pm. More than they do early morning, at least at this time of year :-)

  2. The Oystercatcher duo is gorgeous! Beautiful shots!

  3. Those Oycs are stunningly sharp, great stuff.

  4. very nice shots....

  5. Thanks for your comment on our dragonfly blog!
    Eric has done pretty well indeed with the bee-eater and its prey!
    Your birds - I have seen all your recent pics - are amazing and enchanting!
    The Oystercatchers are top notch!
    I wish I could see the Bullfinches too!
    Sorry for not visiting more often but I spend my time in hides!
    Cheers Marc and keep well!

  6. The Oystercatchers, and the Skylark but, you caught the Siberian Chiffchaff, brilliant shots Marc.

  7. Wow, Marc, that Oystercatcher shot is stunning!!!