Tuesday, 25 April 2017


A couple more from Sundays trip to Suffolk

Bearded Tit
Whitethroat  another of my favourite birds to point the camera at
Common Whitethroat

Sunday, 23 April 2017

Suffolk Sunday

With the A12 closed we headed up the M11 and crossed the A14 picking up the A12 north of the closure as we headed up to our first stop at Minsmere where a walk down to Island Mere delivered a singing Savi's Warbler along with good views of Bearded Tit. Reed, Sedge and Cetti's Warblers all sang for us and the Bitterns "boomed".

Bearded Tit
Bearded Tit

A Weasel was seen and we then heard our first Whitethroat of 2017 before catching site of it on top of a bramble bush. Three Spoonbill flew over but didn't settle.

From Minsmere we dropped in to Boyton and Hollesely Marsh RSPB sites where we watched a pair of Cranes fly over and had eight Whimbrel drop in. At Hollesley  the Jims got on the Wood Sandpiper as I papped a Linnet on the sea wall but I did manage to find a Common Sandpiper before another Whimbrel dropped in.


Year list now 202

Thursday, 20 April 2017

And a few more Crossbills

Sorry....couldn't help myself!

The Female
Female Crossbill
The Male

Wednesday, 19 April 2017

More Stunning Crossbills

A few more images from my session in Suffolk on Monday

What a stunner!
Preening male
The pair

Tuesday, 18 April 2017

A good year for Crossbills

It would appear to be a good Crossbill year with sightings now regular in certain parts of Suffolk with this in mind I visited a drinking pool they have been visiting and with patience I was rewarded by several visits from upto nine Crossbill. A Jay and several Siskin also visited the pool and the area was alive with the sound of Woodlark singing. Dartford Warbler and Stonechat were first heard then seen and a large female Sprawk flew over as a Tawny Owl made a short call to announce itself and give me an unexpected year tick.

Year list now 198

Simply the best!

Sunday, 16 April 2017

Nightingales back at Lea Valley

A very quick trip to Lea Valley this morning rewarded me with two singing Nightingales one of which revealed itself for a while. A Cuckoo called and I heard what might gave been a Grasshopper Warbler but I failed to pin it down and as the call was too brief Grasshopper Warbler "is not on the list"

Back at home I had a few birds feeding in the garden so took a few shots while the light was ok.

Year list now 197

Hedge Sparrow
Blue Tit
And a couple more of yesterdays Stork..............

White Stork
White Stork at Sudbury
White Stork
White Stork of unknown origin
Happy Easter!

Saturday, 15 April 2017

Cattle Egrets two for the price of one

A solo run this morning with the intention of connecting with the Cattle Egret at Iken but stopping at Minsmere first where the chilly North west winds made it a very brisk walk around. I heard my first Reed Warbler of the year enjoyed some nice views of displaying Marsh Harriers and heard a number of Bitterns boom.

Back at Iken I eventually found a Cattle Egret in with the suckling heard on Sandy Lane although it was keeping low in a ditch. Whilst trying to grab a record shot another Egret popped up and to my surprise it too turned out to be a Cattle Egret so I set about trying to get the record shot with both birds in it.

On the way home I took a short diversion to search again for the Sudbury White Stork and this time struck lucky finding it feeding in the field by Grey's Hall. It took flight whilst I was there circling high overhead before dropping back in the same field. Listed as "of unkown origin" but still a good bird to watch.

Year list now 196

White Stork
White Stork
Cattle Egrets at Iken
Marsh Harrier at Minsmere