Trimingham & Norfolk Birding.

 It's been a few weeks since my last write up, and I am still getting out as much as possible. I love getting up early and venturing along the cliff tops and scrub areas just minutes from my house. 
 One morning this Common Buzzard was hunting the cliff tops, just just hanging in the wind like a Kestrel, it moved closer and closer giving me some great views, it then realised I was there and moved away along the cliff to meet up with another.

 Sea watching was quiet at times but who am I to complain whilst sitting and chilling looking out to sea!
I did manage to see some new patch species though, with flocks of Wigeon and Brent geese moving through, Great crested grebe and diver species, probably red throated?

 Warblers were quite numerous on one day with Willow and chiffchaff and a Garden Warbler.

 In the garden I added Curlew flying over along with Green woodpecker and Jay and Goldcrest.
Not your normal view of a Hummingbird Hawkmoth but a welcome sight as this rested itself on the fence to sunbathe. 
 My 1st Norfolk Mega and my 1st Dip too, Pallas's Grasshopper Warbler......enough said about that.
And as walking back to my car with my wife Sarah and cousin Simon along Cliff Drive in Cromer, I saw a small green coloured warbler fly into a bush next to us calling, it wasn't right for Yellow browed and the call not right.....Greenish Warbler!! It flew towards the old putting green gardens where I lost it.

Life in Trimingham Norfolk.

It's been a few weeks now since our move to Trimingham in Norfolk, we're still absolutely loving being here. I have been trying to get in some local birding around Trimingham and watching from the cliff top as much as possible and I am already getting a tally of species together, can't wait for a full years count of what I will see.
Dusky Footman 
The insects have been overwhelming, we have quite a few mint plants in the garden and I have never seen some many types of bee feeding all together, great to see but a pain trying to tell Elka the frenchie that sticking your nose against a bee isn't the greatest of ideas!
The butterflies are very numerous and many species have been ticked off in the garden, including the lovely Painted Lady. Moths too seem in good numbers but my moth light has been trapped behind boxes in the shed so I am looking forward to many a good session next year and hopefully a lot of new species.
 Small White
 Holly Blue
 Dusky Sallow
 Speckled Wood
 Red Admiral
The birding is and has been getting better, the feeders in the garden are working a treat and getting emptied very fast. It is great to see different species on the garden list (inc from/over the garden) as from our last home. So many Swifts, Swallows and House Martins of which I haven't seen many over the last few years or so, even Sand Martins have been passing over regularly. Alas now the seasons are changing the only remainders are the house martins with a few swallows passing over. Buzzards have been seen and by far the best raptor so far was a low flying female Marsh Harrier over the garden, what an addition that was.
One morning looking out of a bedroom window I saw this Wheatear on our back gate post! Fantastic tick for the garden list and the second one seen in Trimingham since we moved, the 1st being down the lane opposite when walking the dogs one morning. Having to go out with Sarah shopping, I was pleased to see it on our gate when we returned, unfortunately it stayed around the paddock behind and never alighted the post again despite me standing out in the rain for an hour waiting for a close up image.
Lesser Whitethroat
 Another welcome find was a Lesser Whitethroat, feeding among the cliff side vegetation. 
 Lesser Whitethroat
White Wagtail
 I thought I had found a Citrine wagatil at the back of our garden but alas turned out to be a young White/Pied wagtail.
White Wagtail
I am looking forward to the rest of the year and what I might see here, could be very rewarding. Indeed this very morning whilst standing on the cliff top birding I was treated to not one but 3 water spouts!! What was frustrating was I had the big lens and couldn't get a shot of the entire spout from sea to funnel top in the sky, that will teach me to remember my phone, I could of gotten a shot of it with that, instead I had to do section shots because they were not far out to sea, but in no way am I moaning as it was a fantastic sight to see, the 3rd one moving to within a short distance of the shoreline and my position before dwindling away leaving just the top of the funnel to watch.

New Beginnings in Norfolk.

Seems ages since I last wrote an entry, after a ten week wait Sarah and I finally moved to Norfolk. We now have a lovely hobbit house in Trimingham next to the coast. We are so happy now we have gotten here, not that we were unhappy before it's just this is our final home to be. We walk to the coastal path just a few minutes away and after a bit of a descent and climb we are on a pretty much secluded beach. I am excited about what I may find and see around the village, I have already started to list what I am seeing from-in-over the garden and the list is growing weekly, the numbers are excitingly better than what I had at the old house and with the onset of migration close it is looking interesting. My artwork will once again start soon, there is a lot of decorating and stuff to sort and in October my new studio is arriving and being made which is exciting news.
Here are a few images from the coast of Trimingham, our new home.

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My latest piece of artwork, pencil drawing using just gouache on the white areas. When we stayed at Little Lammas in Ringstead, I photographed the owners collie dog Ruby, it has been a long time since taking the photo but I finally got round to completing it.

Moving and Raptors.

 It has been a long time since getting out and about due to house moving, at the moment I am staying with my parents whilst we wait for the move to Norfolk to proceed. Just before we left Wrestlingworth I noticed a pale raptor pass overhead, a quick run for the bins' and I was watching a pale morph buzzard with textbook underwing markings. It wasn't long before the resident buzzards chased it out of their patch. A lovely marked bird to see and end the birding at the old house.

 The "Locals" didn't take too kindly to this pale morph intruding on their patch.

Now staying in Hertfordshire until we move, I once again resumed looking to the skies, from the courtyard there are good number of raptors passing over and lo andbehold another pale type buzzard but nowhere near as white as the previous. 
 The Sparrowhawk makes regular sorties over the houses, the corvids took a dislike to it on this day. After a week here we started to see our first swifts of the year, absolutely great to see these back in our skies, and after a few days of good warm weather the sky is now teeming with them, and a close encounter with some nesting birds in a older house nearly had one flying into Sarah's head! As they came in to gain access to the eaves on the house they literally swooped at head height before disappearing just feet from view...awesome.
 A lovely bonus here is the daily fly-by's from the Red Kites. At times they would skim the rooftops and look down upon us, always when I didn't have a camera to hand! I now keep the camera close to hand waiting for the perfect skies and closeness. My time here has also enabled me to get a couple of pieces of artwork completed so if you fancy, take a trip across to my art blog and have a look, the link is situated on the righthand side of the page.

Another Thrush Welcomes in the New Year.

Blue Rock Thrush
I travelled to Gloucestershire with my Dad on the 3rd Jan for this lovely thrush, this is a bird we had seen the previous year in Extremadura on many occasions. It was a cold start and plenty of icy roads to contend with, after nearly 2 hours waiting I looked at my Dad and wished him happy birthday and said it's the last time I take you out on your birthday!! 
It wasn't long after that suddenly the Blue Rock Thrush flitted up into the tree behind the house we were all gathered near, it must of been tucked away feeding in the garden all the time as it had definitely not flown in. Obscured by twigs and branches whilst perched up, I managed to get some shots of this lovely bird. It flew to the neighbouring street and gave views on top of the chimney, probably getting warmth flowing out of it! It duly returned back to the garden in Fisher Close and once again gave everyone decent views before it disappeared again. 
Not a bad birthday treat for my Dad ;-)