Wednesday, 24 August 2016

Beachy Head (24 August 2016)

Thursday 24 August. A day that started warm and ended hot despite a pleasant southeasterly breeze. I walked from Birling to Whitebread Hollow and the rides, cutting back behind Hodcombe. In almost 10 hours I saw 3 Little Egrets, at least 4 Buzzards, Sparrowhawk, 30+ Swifts (including a loose flock of 25), Wryneck, Green Woodpecker, 50+ Sand Martins, 1500+ Swallows, 1000+ House Martins, 31 Yellow Wagtails, 3 Redstarts, 10 Whinchats, 23 Stonechats, 29 Wheatears, Grasshopper Warbler, 4 Sedge Warblers, 11 Reed Warblers, 2 Lesser Whitethroats, 68 Whitethroats, Blackcap, 14 Willow Warblers, 2 Spotted Flycatchers, 2 Ravens, about 8 Clouded Yellows and some Autumn Ladies Tresses. Very enjoyable and nice as always to see JFC, DRC and RDME in the field.

Sedge Warbler, one of two above Birling Lane
recovery operation at Belle Tout
Wryneck in Shooter's Bottom
it took a bit of finding

and then appeared on the main path
before hiding in a bush
Buzzard at Beachy

very distinctive from below
Yellow Wagtail
hirundines on a fence
Sand Martin
one of each
another Wheatear
and another

two more
and a passing bee
and a Whinchat for a change
Green Woodpecker above the wood

Sunday 21 August. A very quiet walk around Mill Hill where the only migrants seen were 3 Swallows, a Whitethroat and 3 Willow Warblers.

Willow Warblers on Mill Hill

Saturday, 20 August 2016

Thorney Deeps (20 August 2016)

Saturday 20 August. An hours seawatching from Widewater produced about 30 Gannets (mainly heading west) and single Fulmar and Swift heading east, the latter more blown than flying. No shearwaters but perhaps the wind wasn't onshore enough? Megan had to be in Chichester for the afternoon so we walked around Church Norton first seeing a Spotted Flycatcher by the churchyard, 2 Grey Plover and 3 Knot in the harbour and at least 55 Mediterranean Gulls behind the first Several (there were probably twice that many in the flock but over half were hidden from view). I dropped Megan in Chichester and went on to Thorney walking down the western seawall to the Great Deep. I saw a Whinchat and 2 Wheatears but despite a very high tide there were only roosting Oystercatchers visible. that is until the osprey put in an appearance flying around from 15:00-15:25 and flushing 9 Greenshank my way. Also present were 7 Common Sandpipers and 11 Sand Martins. I returned to the main road and walked down to the gate opposite The Stable where the Osprey was sitting distantly in front of the landing lights. Also at least 3 Spotted Redshank with the distant Redshank visible from there. I then had to leave to collect Megan but it had been a worthwhile visit to a reliable autumn Osprey site.
Osprey at Thorney Deeps
viewed from The Stable, it might have been closer to the eastern sea wall but i didn't have the time to try there

Friday 19 August. Green Woodpecker, 3 Whitethroats, 3 Willow Warblers and a Chiffchaff were all I saw on Mill Hill before breakfast. Megan and I then walked from Chantry Hill to Rackham Hill and back. It was breezy and visibility was at times poor. We saw at least 3 Ravens, a pair making it clear ot a red Kite who was king of the castle, the castle being a large stack of hay bales. Also 3 Whitethroats, 4 Willow Warblers, 4 Yellowhammers and a Corn Bunting. An evening visit to the Adur for low tide produced 65 Ringed Plovers and 11 Dunlin but few gulls.
view south from Rackham Hill, Arundel in the gloom
2 of the 7 intermedius Lesser Black-backed Gulls seen on the Adur
Starlings by the Adur

Thursday, 18 August 2016

TRIP INDEX by year

TRIP INDEX – by year

The following lists chronological the foreign birding trips that I have done.  Also included are a few family trips to decent birding locations. In time I hope to 'blog' them all, and those that have been done are shown in bold with a link. All the older blogs use scanned slides (or digitised prints of varying quality). Some of the slides have degraded badly with age. Some blogs use photos take by those I was with (they are easy to tell as they are significantly better than mine). Most blogs are heavily reliant on my unreliable memories. They were initially done to find a 'home' for my old boxes of slides which I had not looked at for years. Doing these blogs has brought back many very happy memories, and a few sad ones - I’ve been very fortunate in having various like-minded friends, some no longer with us, whom I have usually been able to travel with.
Kagu, New Caledonia August 1998 (digitised print taken with an instamatic).  One of my all-time top 3 birds.  Giant Pitta (1987) and Wilson's Bird of Paradise (1993) are the others.
1974:  MAJORCA (October)
          brief mention in The 1970s: finding my feet - 1974 blog

1975:  CARMARGUE (May)

          included in The 1970s: Camargue, Shetland & Scillies in 1975 blog

1977:  MOROCCO (April)

             KENYA (December-January 1978)

1978:  THAILAND (December-January 1979)

1979:  ISRAEL (March/April)

            CANARIES (June/July)

             NEPAL (November-January 1980)

1980:  CANADA (May)

            THAILAND (December-January 1981)

1982: MALAYSIA (January/February)

            THAILAND (February)

            NEPAL (March/June)
          Jomson Trek

          Everest Trek

          Langtang Trek

            INDIA (June/July)


           VENEZUELA (December-February 1983)

1983:  KENYA (July/August)

1984:  PERU (July/August)

            BOTSWANA (December-January 1985) 


1985:  COSTA RICA (July/August)

1986:  AUSTRALIA (March/April)

           ECUADOR: July/August 1986

1987:  MALAYSIA (July/August) 

1988: THAILAND (March/April)
          BRAZIL (July/August)

1989:  ICELAND (June)               

1990:  ARGENTINA (August)

1991:  SOUTH AFRICA (August)

1992:  INDONESIA Sulawesi & Halmahera (August)

1993:  INDONESIA Irian Jaya (August)

1995:  MADAGASCAR (August)

1996:  PHILIPPINES (April)

            NEW ZEALAND (August)   

1997:  VIETNAM (March/April)     

1998:  AUSTRALIA & NEW CALEDONIA (July/August)


1999:  ECUADOR (August/September)


2000:  CHINA Quinghai (June)


           GAMBIA (November)

2002:  CHILE (April)

2003:  JAPAN (January)

           CAMEROON (April)

2004:  CUBA (April)

           PAPUA NEW GUINEA (June)

2005:  TEXAS (Aprill)

           INDONESIA Sumatra & West Java (July)

2006:  PAPUA NEW GUINEA (August)

2007:  INDIA Eaglenest (April)          

2008:  PHILIPPINES (April)

           NAMIBIA (July/August)

2009:  VIETNAM (April)

          Cat Tien & Da Lat plateau

2010:  CHINA (May/June)
          Shanghai (Spoon-billed Sandpiper), Wuishan, Fuzhou & Xiaolongmen

          Xi’an & Yangxian (Crested Ibis)

          Pingtai (Jankowski’s Bunting)

            UGANDA (June)
          Mbamba (Shoebill), Kibale (Green-breasted Pitta) & Bwindi (African Green Broadbill)

2011:  ETHIOPIA (February)

           TAIWAN (April/May)

2012:  TURKEY (June)


          Nemrut Dagi

            MALAYSIA Sarawak & Sabah (July/August)
          Kuching, Kinabatangan River, Danum Valley, Sepilok and Mount Kinabalu

2013:  CORSICA (May)

            INDONESIA West Papua (August)

2014:  SPAIN Extremadura (April)

           COLOMBIA (July/August)

2015:  ECUADOR (January/February)
            ARIZONA (April/May)
            INDONESIA (August)
           FRANCE (August/September)
           BRAZIL (September/October)

2016:  CALIFORNIA (January)
           MEXICO (February/March)
           NORWAY (May)
           FINLAND (May/June)
           JAPAN (June/July)