Mini Pelagic

12/10/2014  I spent the morning walking around St Mary’s where I saw the Richard’s Pipit on the golf  course and found a Yellow Browed Warbler near Pelistry. I also saw a Firecrest near Porthellick House. I then went on a mini pelagic trip which started by heading out to the Eastern Isles, then went south for a couple of miles before turning west. We saw a Balearic Shearwater, Arctic Skua and Great Skua. We then returned via the Western Isles where we saw a Purple Sandpiper on one of the rocks and then headed for Green Island where we saw the long staying Spoonbill.

balearic shearwater

arctic skua


great skua

purple sandpiper





Suffolk and Norfolk 8/5/2013

I took a day off work to go birding. I started at Lakenheath RSPB where a Red Footed Falcon had been seen the previous day. Unfortunately I did not see this bird in the three hours I was there in the morning but I did see Crane, Bittern, Barn Owl, Cettis Warbler and Turtle Dove amongst others. I then went to Weeting Heath where I saw 2 Stone Curlew. The best birds of the day however were the 8 Bee-Eaters I found in a roadside tree and wires near the village of Briningham in Norfolk on my way to Salthouse to see a Spoonbill. A road was closed near Fakenham and I had to take a diversion, it was whilst travelling on this road that I had not been on before that I noticed a couple of interesting birds land in a roadside tree. I immediately stopped in a farm access road and got out of my car, at this point I noticed a bee-eater on the wire near the ivy clad tree, the other birds had landed in. This bird then flew to the tree where I could now see that the other 2 birds were also bee-eaters. I got my scope out from the back of my car, set it up and focussed on one of the birds. I then got my camera attached it to my scope and was just about to take a picture when it flew from its perch and was then joined in flight by the other two and a further 5 Bee-Eaters. They spent a couple of minutes flying around over the Oilseed Rape field the tree was in and then gradually drifted away over the field. I was attempting to find the Rarebird Alert phone number on my phone when I realised I did not have any idea where I was, so I decided to birdtrack the birds which should have saved the location I was at. I then tweeted the news. This seemed to work as a message was put on the pager service. Unfortunately they were not seen again today but hopefully they will be refound again in the next few days. I also saw 4 Temmincks Stints and a Curlew Sandpiper at Cley.

marsh harriergreat crested grebeRoe Deerspoonbillcurlew sandpiper