Saturday, 4 September 2010

Visible migration

Gibraltar, Eilat and Tophill Low, some of Europe's premier raptor watch points...or at least today! On a day when I should have had my eyes to the sky instead of at a desk, Doug and Martin were enjoying the sun counting the large movement of raptors over Tophill, no doubt the full report will appear on martin's blog but their haul included between 10:30 and 16:00:
2 honey buzzards
25 common buzzards
3 marsh harriers
And 4 hobby
On the monthly reserve walk this morning we managed a common buzzard and one male marsh harrier pictured below:

Whilst another female marsh harrier reportedly gave fine views on Watton in the afternoon. Sparrowhawks were active, attempting to catch kingfishers both at North Marsh and at Watton NR - fortunately failing.

Best bird of the walk was a first for the year; curlew sandpiper on South Marsh East, pictured below (honestly!):

A ruff again turned up in the evening and stayed to roost below:

Snipe are virtually resident, even whilst I strimmed the islands to open the area up - it was apparently to the liking of a ringed plover which arrived soon after yesterday night. Snipe have also been showing well on North Marsh. Green sandpiper and greenshank were both on the marshes too, with common sandpiper on the O res wall. O res still provides marvellous great crested grebe photo opportunities as there were 14 today - often close to the screen. The individual below demonstrated what happens when you eat a stickleback in reverse!:

Another treecreeper was at South Marsh West yesterday:

My prediction below also was justified - no sooner had the greylags banded together when an egyptian goose tagged on to them yesterday at Watton NR. I didn't get a pic so have stuck the last one on I photographed below right - you can tell its not at Watton because of the croc. bottom left: