Sunday, February 17, 2008

Bad mistake frog

Here's the frog
... and here's the pond

The solid water did not appear to be suiting frog. I'd gone to check it again today as Louise had seen Grey Heron heading up there the other afternoon. No frog spawn, one rather stuck frog, one pond with solid top. No doubt the next warm days sans frost will turn it in to a heaving frog orgy.

Long-tailed Tit

A species I rarely see on feeders, actually I rarely see in or around the garden. However for the last two days this one has been enjoying the peanuts on both front and back feeders.

An afternoon trip to Saltwick Nab and Abbey Plain produced 4 Velvet Scoter, 80+ Common Scoter, 4 Eider, 34 Curlew, 60+ Redshank, Rock Pipit, 2 Stonechat and the usual common species. Apparently I dipped on Red-throated Diver and unidentified waders which joined the Curlew after I had left them feeding in their field according to the significant rarities of the afternoon, 3 birders.

There were hundreds and hundreds of gulls but none to confuse or wind up this gull-watcher having a better day. None to excite either.

Here's Egton Banks at dusk today. There were huge numbers of Jackdaws here, hard to estimate in the failing light but I reckoned at least 1,200.


Boulmer Birder said...

Alastair, you take the prize for the best sunset shot of the month so far...fantastic.

Alastair said...


Tania said...

Yay I have an account! This picture is incredible! Thanks for bringing me nearer to the place I consider home!