A Quieter Time as May Progresses.

 Lunar Marbled Brown
 May started off busily for me but it quickly quietened down! Colder evenings and a breeze coming in off the sea put a hold on getting the moth light out except for one evening when I managed a few hours, getting 9 species of moth for the new garden list.
 Yellow Barred Brindle
 Pebble Prominent
 Grey Pine Carpet
 Coxcomb Prominent
 I tried to get out as early as possible, I was rewarded with a female Marsh Harrier one morning, the Swifts were becoming more numerous, and a lot are screaming through the towns nearby.
 Marsh Harrier
 Common Whitethroat
The Common Whitethroats were in decent numbers around the village lanes and along the clifftops. I had briefly seen a Lesser Whitethroat but it was soon dispatched by a Common.
  Common Whitethroat
  Common Whitethroat
With the sunnier days upon us the butterfly numbers were growing, numerous Orange Tips and Speckled Woods and a Painted Lady which seems to of taken up residence at the end of one of the lanes as we've seen it a few times in the same spot. This Frog was seen chilling out on the coastal path early one morning, I had to step back to get him in focus! 
Common Frog

Great Start To May.

Pied Flycatcher
 The weather was great as May started and with the sun came the birds, I am loving living here and experiencing so much more bird movement and variety and what a start with 2 Flycatchers both together! Andrew Chamberlin met me birding along the clifftops and showed me a image of a Spotted Flycatcher he had found at the large clifftop wood, with it being quiet where I was I decided to head along that way with him to try and connect, no sooner had we gotten there and located the Spotted' we then had a Pied Flycatcher feeding along the same stretch!! awesome.
 Pied Flycatcher
 Pied Flycatcher
 Spotted Flycatcher
The Pied was a first for the patch list but Spotted I had seen the previous autumn, but these are getting a much scarcer bird so it was good to connect in the spring.
My usual morning stints looking out to see have been producing a few new birds, the Fulmars are regular and 3 was seen on one day. A nice addition was a Med Gull mixed in with some  common gulls resting off shore.
 Med Gull
 Fulmar
 Fulmar
 Bar Tailed Godwit
A great spot was this Bar tailed Godwit which flew past, it was then spotted further along at Overstrand, the waders are few and far between so I was glad to of picked up on this flyby.
 Bar Tailed Godwit
 The Linnets have been passing in large numbers along with Goldfinches, this was a local bird though collecting nesting material.
Common Sandpipers 
Waders were obviously mocking me saying "few & far between" as I also added Common Sandpiper, this group of 4 birds were stopping and feeding on the sea groynes as they headed west.
 Common Sandpipers 
I had seen a pair of Red Kites on a couple of occasions, one time they circled low over the garden checking out the recently cut paddock behind for food. There have been a lot of butterflies on the wing too and the bats were venturing out more earlier in the evenings, the moth light will have to be gotten out again!
 Red Kite
 Red Kite
Red Kite

Busy Birding The Week.

 Glaucous Gull
The weather certainly got warm over the last week, although now it's raining as of writing!, and with the temperature came the birds. There were Swallows and Martins continually passing the cliff fronts and warblers calling from the scrubland. 
 Glaucous Gull
All along the coastline there were reports of Wheatear arriving,along with good numbers of Ring Ouzel, a bird which although I've seen, not in the Trimingham Patch area, despite looking it has eluded me so far!
 Wheatear
A handful of Wheatear were seen moving along the cliff front or hopping over onto the fields.
A lovely addition on two occasions were Whimbrel, one day as a fly over and then the next day one seen flying around the shoreline before distantly landing on the beach.
 Whimbrel
 Whimbrel
Chiffchaffs were calling all over the place, which is always pleasant, but they definitely had competition from the Blackcaps scattered around. Willow Warbler was also found but unable to photograph.
 Chiffchaff
 Chiffchaff
This fishing boat cast a great image on the sun lit sea.
 The Morning Catch
Moving to Trimingham the previous July I had missed out on the spring passage, and so was glad to see so many nice birds arriving, there were a handful of Lesser Whitethroat scattered around the scrub, always skulking around feeding they gave themselves up a few times.
 Lesser Whitethroat
  Lesser Whitethroat
  Lesser Whitethroat
  Lesser Whitethroat
Over the last few weeks we had been seeing plenty of Hares in the fields, this younger Hare was busy feeding in one of the clifftop fields, moving closer to me it then decided it was full enough to hunker down among the large clumps of ploughed earth.
 Hare
 Hare
And saving the best till last....at last a Ring Ouzel!
This beauty landed in the top of a nearby tree for just seconds before moving off along the coast, finally I can add it to the patch list.
Ring Ouzel

At last the FOG lifted.

 After 4 or 5 days (the days go from one to the other so quick I can't keep track) of foggy conditions it finally lifted, you could actually see the shoreline from the clifftop! But before that whilst checking trees that were not obscured in a veil of grey, I had been  scanning behind a neighbours garden as I knew they had Siskin and Brambling feeding there, and sure enough even at a bit of a distance I could pick the birds out. Then totally unexpected I found a Hawfinch amongst the branches!
I didn't hesitate and got myself round there and low and behold found 3 of them, and added bonus of a Mealy Redpoll. What great new patch ticks for Trimingham.
Due to the sensitivity of the neighbours houses I didn't put the message out, last thing I wanted was to get anyone annoyed.

 The next morning I checked and found 2 Hawfinches, andthe Mealy Redpoll was still there. As seen the day before, there was a stunning male Brambling (unable to get a photo) with a solid black head in full plumage, the likes of which I hadn't seen before...stunner. And with the weather still closed in I hoped as predicted that it would lift so I could at least get the moth light out for a while.

 Since moving to Trimingham I have been waiting to get the moth light out and start a new garden list. Unusually the weather was as predicted !! and I sat out in the garden for a couple of hours. I clocked up eight species in that short time, including Chestnut/Red Chestnut, Small Quaker, Common Quakers, Early Thorn, Clouded Drabs and Early Greys.





 Sun Sun Sun at last, checking the front early morning I saw my first Wheatear of the year, followed by another shortly after. With Swallows, House Martins all now moving through it was finally happening, another nice bird was a Whimbrel flying overhead, and with the forecast of some nice weather upon us hopefully a lot more to see.