09/09/06 - Today we decided to stay local and wait for something to turn up, a shame that the Long-tailed Skua was found too late in the day. But a trip to Needs Ore Point (permit only) provided some interest as Osprey and Spoonbill had recently been seen. Unfortunately neither could be found after intense searching. At least 2 Water Rails showed well today (a juvenile and an adult) with a singing Cetti's Warbler, 2 Ravens were present. Grounded migrants included 2 Wheatear, 2 Whinchat, Whitethroat, and Sedge and Reed Warblers could be seen in the reeds. Overhead there was 3 yellow Wagtails and Hirundines were plentiful. 11 Spotted Redshank, Dunlin, 3 Greenshank and a Green Sandpiper were the highlights from the hides as was a Black-tailed godwit that was extremely tame allowing Lee and I to get within 2 feet of it. We could have touched it, it was so close (honestly). All seen from the James Vennar Hide. Wildfowl numbers were high with hundreds of Teal with few Wigeon and the occasional Pintail and Gadwall.
Welcome to my newly revamped blog - I am currently studying Wildlife & Media at the University of Cumbria where I currently spend a large proportion of the year. In between terms, however, I go back home and do as much birding in Hampshire as possible. It ain't no Norfolk but I love it just the same.
My interest for birds started in 2002, and continued to grow, thanks to the Fuller's, who took me under their wing(s). From 2005 I unfortunately got more involved in twitching. And so now find myself travelling vast distances, and spending money that I can't really afford to spend to feed my obsession - in seeing birds that I haven't already seen in Britain and Ireland. Surprisingly I don't keep a lifelist as my total doesn't really interest me.
Since springing onto the birding scene I have met many great people who have taught me an invaluable amount in this hobby, and to whom I am very grateful for!