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Gareth



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PostPosted: Thu Jun 07, 2012 11:31 am    Post subject:  Reply with quote

A lumbering and lost looking Spoonbill flying at about 100 feet over the Norwich ring road at 11.30am this morning.

The Spoonbill was flying from the direction of the Mile Cross area and in a generally North East Direction, I was travelling East on the A1042 Chartwell Road section of the outer ring road close to the southern edge of Catton Park when I spotted it. I got a good clear view for about 1 minute whilst I was sat the Catton Grove/Fiffers lane traffic lights.
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Gareth



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PostPosted: Wed Jun 13, 2012 9:41 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I've spotted another Spoonbill flying over Norwich this evening.

8pm flying in an westerly direction directly over the Norwich City, Carrow Road football stadium, and tonight by skillful navigation of the one way system and driving through the city. I managed to track the flying Spoonbill to its roosting area on the fields alongside the the river Yare and adjacent to the University of East Anglia. A quick look on the map indicates that Whitlingham broad, and the new nature reserve across the river from the broad are in a direct line and were probably the starting point for this flight over the city.
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Gareth



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PostPosted: Wed Jun 27, 2012 7:42 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Some outstanding sightings today, and all within the space of 3 minutes.

A47 travelling east bound just past the Ipswich road junction of the Norwich by-pass I saw the following: 3 X Buzzards (probably newly fledged) cavorting together, 1 X Red Kite eyeing up the Buzzards, I X Sparrow Hawk about 300-400 ft above the Buzzards, and a Kestrel hovering above the roadside hedge, all in one view through the cars windscreen.

A couple of minutes later, and at the junction of Loddon Road and Martineau Road (outer ring road) a Common Crane taking off from the water meadow on the south west side of this junction.
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PostPosted: Wed Jun 27, 2012 9:14 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Good sightings
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Gareth



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PostPosted: Thu Jun 28, 2012 10:59 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I have just seen three young Tawny Owl " branchers" in Lionwood take what was probably their first ever flight.

All three were closely perched alongside one another on one branch, squawking away loudly for food from their parents, and alas it was probably me waving my torch all over the place and the camera flash that cause their disturbance as I desperately tried and failed miserably to take a photo in the dark of all three of them together.

Now I am back home again, hopefully every thing will return back to normal for them and I haven't disturbed them too much.
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PostPosted: Thu Jun 28, 2012 11:37 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Gareth - I must go round with blinkers on. I never notice things like that even when I go actively looking. Shame about the photo's but you have it stored in your own personal memory bank. Sounds like a nice way to spend an evening.  
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PostPosted: Fri Jun 29, 2012 12:02 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Top spotting Gareth!!! Ive never seen a crane here but yesterday saw a red kite on Griston airfield really low. My tawny fledglings have all dispersed now - we had them in the garden for weeks. I really miss them! Love Lizzie
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PostPosted: Sat Jun 30, 2012 7:45 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Red Kite flew over our garden this afternoon at about 3pm. Flying at about 200 feet high in a southerly direction directly over Lionwood. It was almost at stalling speed with every feather opened to give the necessary area for lift  .... a magnificent sight to watch for about 2 minutes.
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PostPosted: Tue Jul 03, 2012 4:55 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Had to go to Bristol this morning, on the way back there was the remains of an earlier crash causing chaos on the M5 Northbound, so I turned onto the A40 towards Oxford and the M40. About 10 miles west of Oxford I pulled into a lay-by for a quick butty, and spent about 10 mins watching a Red Kite as it circled me, at a height of about 30 feet, before it dropped into the adjacent field for it's lunch.
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PostPosted: Thu Oct 25, 2012 8:17 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

The cold snap is on it's way, on Tuesday the mistle thrushes returned to strip the holly tree of the few berries it has thisyear and the ergrets have started to spend the day in the bottom field rather than on the estuary.
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PostPosted: Thu Oct 25, 2012 8:08 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I spent 10 minutes on Sunday watching a pair of Kingfishers, my Beagle spent the time watching the cat which was watching the Kingfishers...
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PostPosted: Thu Nov 15, 2012 8:39 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

my step daughter phoned today all excited ,,Ive found a strange bird trapped between the fence and shed its brown about the size of a pigeon with a long thin beak,,,turns out it was a woodcock a rare find in a garden in stourbridge ,west midlands. It was ok and released .
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PostPosted: Sat Jan 19, 2013 2:12 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

We have had really snowy conditions for a week now and thats bringing interesting new species for us into the garden. So far I've spotted  nuthatches, treecreepers,goldcrest and a green woodpecker. i always put out peanuts,mixed seed and fat balls. Love Lizzie
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PostPosted: Sat Jan 19, 2013 2:48 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Those are fantastic spots. We've never had a tree creeper or a green woodpecker.
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PostPosted: Sat Jan 19, 2013 9:01 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

we live just outside Birmingham our garden backs on to a wood and we get nuthatches,jays,most tits,woodpeckers everyday. Recently getting lots of redpolls and song thrushes ,today had a lone fieldfare on the lawn'


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