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TRIP REPORT: ELAINE IN BRITAIN

Posted on the 18th July 2013

Elaine is visiting Conrad in England and has decided to do some preparation on English birds before she left. She bought a book on the birds of Britain and had extensive chats to Wilfred and Marcia who visited their son a few months ago. Members will recall that they brought back some interesting images that we featured in a trip report. I will use their images as we report on Elaine's progress.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

She was very tired when she arrived at the airport and did not have enough time and energy to bird. They left for Worthing where they stayed at a lodge at Arundel. She forwarded an image of a signboard at one of the RSPD reserves that they went by – BirdLife seems to be everywhere.

She was very chuffed to get Lennon and McCartney's Blackbird (this time singing in the middle of the day). I'll continue loading reports of her sightings, but Elaine did sms that they visited the Arundel wetlands today and that she has ducks coming out of her ears.

Blackbird
Robin Redbreast

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dit is vrek warm, maar baie lekker hier in die land van die Engelse. Ons is nou by die plek waar Conrad bly en die dorpie se naam is Radlett. Toe hy my gister kom haal het het hy my na 'n nature reserve gevat wat gemanage word deur die RSPB. Dit is ongelooflik mooi en die eerste waarin ek gedink was aan 'n klub outing. Daarvandaan het ons deur die platteland gery na 'n dorpie met die naam Angmerring - weet nie of dit reg gespel is nie. Tik op C se rekenaar en kry ook nie reg nie. Hier volg die voeltjies vir die eerste dag.

RSPB nature reserve: Blackbird, Coal Tit, Blue Tit, toe is ek moeg en ry ons na die plek waar ons moet slaap. Die dorpie waar ons geslaap het die volgende gewys: Magpie, Jackdaw, Common Starling, House Sparrow.

Magpie
Jackdaw

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 



Sit toe gister by 'n pub met die verkyker en boek en daar sit 'n outjie met 'n T-shirt met 'n voël op en vertel toe hy doen baie rehab op roofvoëls. Klink baie soos 'Eagle Encounters', want hulle vat ook die voëls na skole toe. Ewenwel, die volgende sê hy “Kyk op, daar vlieg 'n Sparrowhawk”. Wragtig so mooi, ek kon hom mooi bekyk.

Heerlik geslaap en vanoggend na ontbyt is ons Norfolk toe en daar op die klipperige strand het ek my voete in die Engelse se see gesit. Die mense hier weet nie wat hulle getref het met die weer nie - ek wil my vrek lag want almal is op hol oor die weer. Toe nog 'n mooi plekkie met die naam Little Hamton. Daar het ek Lesser Black-backed Gull en Herring Gull gesien.

O ja, ek het ook gister Black-headed Gull, Woodpigeon en Robin Redbreast gesien. Daarvandaan is ons na Arundel waar daar 'n pragtige kasteel is, maar die lekker van die oggend was die Arundel Wetland - wat 'n fees. Mute swan, Teal, Mallard, Shoveler, Eider, Tufted Duck, Moorhen, Coot, Rock Dove, Reed Warbler en op die plaas hier by C hulle vanmiddag Green Woodpecker.

Dit is baie mooi op die plaas en hier is ongelooflike habitatte. Mev werk nou uit 2 boeke uit. C het vir my die RSPB pocket guide ook gekoop vanoggend, Die boek wat ek bestel het werk goed, maar daar is nie underwing goed by nie. Ons het vandag baie gery en more wil ek hier bly as C in gaan stad toe om te gaan werk. Hulle voer ook die voëltjies op die plaas.

Die wetland waar ons was laat my baie dink aan die Birds of Eden, want mens kan die eende en goed voer ook. Daar is 'n eenderige ding wat hulle 'n Rosybill noem, maar dit is nie in die boeke wat ek by my het nie. Kyk of jy dit opgespoor kan kry. Gaan nou eers koebaaie sê. Lekker aand en drukkie vir Becks en soentjie vir Zappie. 

Tufted Duck
Black-headed Gull

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

(Ons gaan later aan.)

Elaine finds it very difficult to get reports through as they currently don't have an internet connection.  They are in the Lakes District and are renting this cottage on a farm between Kendal and Windemere:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

She has told me that she has found Common Chaffinch and Canada Goose and that they had a fantastic experience watching an Osprey chick on a nest - all put together, spotting scopes and all by RSPB members.  Also, very impressed by the posters and other educational material put up at the site.  She will bring photos back and committed to writing a full trip report when she gets back.  Until then we will only load images (it we have some) of birds that she tells us about by telephone.

Common Chaffinch
Canada Goose

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Elaine's time in the Lakes District was very rewarding as she added several good species to her list. These included: Chaff Finch, March Tit, Swallow (poor Brits only have one – we call it Barn Swallow), Kingfisher, Turtle Dove, Grey Heron, Greylag Goose, Canada Goose, Stock Dove, Great Spotted Woodpecker, Sand Martin, Song Thrush, Chiffchaff, Great Tit and Green Finch.

Swallow   Image Provided
Sand Martin   Image Provided

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Raptors included Montagus Harrier, Red Kite and Osprey.

Osprey   Image: Carin Malan

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Yesterday (Thursday) they visited an estuary and saw Common Ringed Plover and Curlew Sandpiper, both in beautiful breeding plumage and Sandwich Tern, Kittiwake, Coot and Black-headed Gull. Today they will be turning back to London and will visit some of Conrad's friends along the way. They are serious birders and will take Elaine birding this afternoon – she's really excited about this.

A few more images:

Kittywake
Coot

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Great Spotted Woodpecker
Pied Wagtail

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Elaine sent through a list of birds that she added over the weekend - visited Leighton Moss, one of the RSPB reserves where there are 7 hides and birders helped her with spotting scopes.  Here she added: Common Greenshank, Common Redshank, Spotted Redshank, Curlew, Curlew Sandpiper, Lapwing, Marsh Harrier, Little Egret, Great Black-backed Gull, Dunnock, Cormorant, Goosander, Mandarin, Dipper, Swift, Common Tern and Arctic Tern.

Cormorant
Curlew    Image: Carin Malan

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Common Greenshank    Image: Anton
Mandarin    Image: Anton

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Terrestrial birds that she managed to add included: Pied Wagtail, Raven, Pheasant, Gold Finch, Rook, Carrion Crow, Treecreeper, Nuthatch and Wren.

Nuthatch
Treecreeper

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Oystercatcher       Image provided
Eider

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Woodpigeon
Mistle Thrush
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Blue Tit

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

(All images by Wilfred Crous, unless specified differently. - Ed.)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

COMMENTS

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CARIN MALAN (posted: 2013-07-31 15:11:59)
Lekker jaloers!! Kan jy asb nou huis toe kom ons mis jou ! Ek verstaan al die bome by die huis het al yellow ribbons om ??
ALETTA ROBERTSON (posted: 2013-07-20 15:13:56)
Stem saam met boonste comment!! Hou so aan Elaine!
ELSABE (posted: 2013-07-19 16:54:49)
Dis nou 'n trip report met karakter!