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East Norfolk (RDM)
Following bits and pieces of good action further up the coast I got out east for a bit late afternoon. Three hours of trudging turned up a grand total of 2 Wheatears, one on the beach and one in a beet field. Exciting stuff. A check of the news on the mobile revealed more of interest so I kept going. Whilst I was looking at the belt of trees by the cricket pitch a jogger flushed a warbler which flew down the line of pines at tree-top level. I waited around. Eventually, it called. GREENISH!!! It took another hour to get a view, and another 45 minutes to get photos. The wait was worth it though as the excitement built to a crescendo.
Migrant Totals - 2 Northern Wheatears; 1 Greenish Warbler.
Ah, back just in time. Three weeks in baking Mexico had nothing that could match the excitement of an inland Wryneck, just hours after landing at Gatwick.
June-July and 12th August
Hmm, must have dozed off for five minutes. Did I miss anything? Nevermind then, seems like I woke in time for autumn. Still took some photos, some of which might appear below. More importantly East Hills today felt awesome, a steady east breeze holding a bank of cloud back against Warham Greens and the first drifting scarce peppering the Yorkshire coastline. Added bonus that drift this year seems likely to include Double-barred Twistbill and I was so excited I spent a good half hour learning the subtle nuances of the call by playing it loudly to myself as I wandered into the pines. Unfortunately pesky endemic breeding birds were still in evidence, like East HIlls Crest which seem to have done pretty well this year, as has the local Wren. But things were rescued somewhat at the end of the arc by a scruffy 1st W Pied Flycatcher. Aside from that, totals were 1 Lesser Whitethroat, 1 Whitethroat, 6 Willow Warbler and 6 Swallow hanging around. Yep, think that it's time to fall back off the wagon...
Hopefully this will be replaced by Red-breasted in three weeks, if we all survive 5 days in San Antonio.
Everyone's highlight from UK based ornithological science in summer 2011, with a Norfolk connection. This is 'Martin', one of the BTO GPS-enabled Cuckoo's. Along with rising pop superstar Dan Watson I saw the antennae-dragging parasite at Winterton on the 7th of June. I didn't see anything else. This bird is now in SW Chad, having crossed the Sahara in 2 days at 49km/h. Nice.
Brazil, UK, Finland (ACL)
Bulk update. No idea if anyone actually bothers to check this site anymore, actually that's not true, I know my Mum looks, as she keeps complaining that there's never any updates. Sorry Mum. If you're not my Mum then 'Congratulations you're the 5th reader this month and your IP has won a prize'. Can't speak for everyone else but I've been busy. I guess by the lack of updates everyone has as well. How do these bloggers keep up their momentum? We can't do more than 3 updates a year between about 15 people. Anyway, in chronological order at the end of May I managed to drag my team over the finish line and completed the largest ever survey of birds in an impacted tropical forest landscape. In early I went to Cuiaba, Sao Paulo and Piracicaba for meetings/workshops, conferences. Saw a Rufous Gnateater in some shitty riverside skank. Which was nice. Then flew to England and looked at some common birds and less common butterlies. Indulged in cooked breakfasts and Parus tits. Flew back to Brazil via Finland for a wedding (not mine). Now currently waiting for autumn to kick-off and Dan to sort out accomodation on Rockall. Lets see you chopper on to there Bagnell....
Red-and-black Grosbeak. Black-and-Red Grosbeak? Try and find another field photograph of a male in existence. I can't.... They sound likethis. Check out this video of a total tosser. And if you liked that, have a listen to this.
Minsmere, one good tern.
reintro tick in Northants
another good tern, this time on the Farnes.
perimeter fence of Tampere airport. Can't wait for autumn...
also Finland. one forgets how good these are...
East Sussex (RDM)
I'm sure this happened, can't really remember much about it... After many years not getting a sniff of a Rumper, I find three in a week, piece of p*ss...