Sunday, 18 November 2012

Nov 12-18th - and Another Patch Tick!!

The first morning out was really the 13th, when it was pretty misty round the castle. There was a small flock which included a few GOLDCREST, BLUE TIT and GREAT TIT, I'm almost certain I caught a glimpse of the back of a Firecrest but after 20 or so minutes couldn't relocate it, one the that got away, still time though to find one though, with luck. There were a few FIELDFARE and REDPOLLS around as well as 4 or 5 SISKINS. A brief visit on the 14th produced a CHIFFCHAFF, a bird that rarely winters here, will this one be just the 2nd to so? With the light quite poor on the morning of 15th a fine male BRAMBLING that sat for several minutes in the top of a tree by the gift shop didn't manage to make it on to the camera, nor did anything else come to that!
After not venturing any where else other than the patch since about June it was nice to spend a couple of hours at Dungeness yesterday (17th). The highlight was without doubt the little asian gem which was a very active PALLAS' WARBLER, after an hour or so watching this I spent an hour alone in Hanson hide on the RSPB reserve, I didn't see loads but I was happy with 3 GOLDENEYE, MARSH HARRIER, WATER RAIL, KINGFISHER, CHIFFCHAFF and an assortment of commoner ducks.
So to this morning, just great to be out on such a bright clear day, 15 FIELDFARE flew into the trees at the top of the car park as I tried to sneak up on them and only managed to disturb a LITTLE OWL and not get any Fieldfare pics.Other birds included KINGFISHER, REDWING, BULLFINCH, GREY HERON, 2 KESTRELS and 1 SISKIN. The highlight though, came when Stephen called to say he had got a quick view of a CORN BUNTING (105) a new bird for me on the patch, (Stephen had 2 briefly last autumn) within 5 or so minutes I had re found the bird sitting on top of rares hedge where it stayed long enough for a photo. Later after I left Stephen actually had 3 together. Corn Buntings used to be common in the Weald many years ago but this is now a real rarity here so I think the management of this bit of land has made a significant difference to what we are seeing here. There were probably over 100 Buntings around this morning ,a couple of years ago I would have been happy with just getting into double figures!!
Corn Bunting

Redwing


Chaffinch    
Skylark

44 comments:

Warren Baker said...

Thats a great record Alan, that and all those other Buntings too. Just goes to show what a bit of correct management can do :-)

Maria said...

You have a very diverse collection of birds there! I like the bunting!

Kieron Palmer said...

Good day to see the Pallas Alan. We went down today but it was a no show.
Nice to see the Corn Bunting.

Mike H said...

A nice collection of birds on the patch Alan. Glad to hear that you are getting out and about a bit.

Tammy said...

Congrats on the Corn Bunting! It's a fine looking fellow!!

ShySongbird said...

Some nice sightings there Alan and lovely photos agan. Well done on the Corn Bunting, so sad that it is on the 'red list' these days, they are obviously (as you said) managing the land well there.

Kerri said...

Lovely birds! That Chaffinch steals my heart :)

Rohrerbot said...

Congrats!!! Exciting stuff. The Corn Bunting is really interesting. The head is so different. Love that last flight job. Nice!

Greenie said...

Alan ,
Great to have the 'jangling keys' on site .
Certainly sounds like things are going in the right direction there .

Deano said...

Well done with your first ever patch Corn Bunt, Alan.

Kenneth Browne said...

Alan.
Well done withthe Pallas' Warbler, with such good views. I was in the area on the Sunday so I went to try and see it but it never showed, how I envy you.

Helma said...

Hi Alan,
especially you check on the 3rd picture I find super nice!

Kungsfiskaren said...

Hi!
Great birdserie as allways
Greetings from Sweden
/Ingemar

Rachel J said...

Patch ticks thick and fast Al!

Magia da Inês said...

♡¸.•°
Olá, amigo!
Belas fotos, acompanhadas por explicações muito interessantes.

Boa semana!
Beijinhos do Brasil

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Tim Gutsell said...

A good read Alan together with some fine shots, well done.

Lasse said...

Wonderful captures Alan !

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Jeremy said...

Lovely shots, Alan. Never seen a Corn Bunting myself!

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