The Dark Room

Sunday, 3 November 2019

North Norfolk

I spent last weekend up north Norfolk with my wife to celebrate 25 years being together. So, it wasn't full on birding obviously but a mixture of birding, eating out and enjoying some of great pubs on offer - Wiverton Belle and the Dun Cow being our favourite two.

Started at Holkham on Friday afternoon with 3 Great White Egret, Red Kite, Marsh Harriers, 10 Grey Partridges and good numbers of Pink footed Geese but failed to find anything decent amongst the tit flocks sadly. Then it was a quick bite to eat at the Victoria and then onto Walsey Hills for the Yellow Browed Warbler. We heard it several times but in the fading light failed to see it.

Saturday was a wash out bird wise, so it only left Sunday morning to find my own stuff  and that was a bit disappointing considering the time of year. Good numbers of common birds but nothing decent.  However I did get to see the YBW briefly on the way home at Walsey Hills.

 Great White Egret at Holkhan

Monday, 21 October 2019

Saturday and Sunday

On Saturday morning with PH we ringed 52 new birds, 22 Reed Bunting and our first Redwings (2) of the autumn were the highlights, along with Blackcap, Chiffchaff, Goldcrest, Cetti's Warbler, Song Thrush and Chaffinch.

 Male Reed Bunting 1cy code 3


And on Sunday morning we had a short session at our site with 22 new birds being ringed. Highlights were 9 Reed Bunting, 2 Redwing, Song thrush, 3 Blackbird and another female Blackcap. 

Sunday, 6 October 2019

Walthamstow Wetlands

After two failed attempts to help out at the ringing demo at Walthamstow wetlands due to very poor weather on both occasions, it was third time lucky on Saturday. With Paul Roper leading, Paul Hawkins, Daniel Whitlegg and myself  ringed 209 new birds, So there was plenty of birds to show the local birders and visitors throughout the day.

1 Grey Heron
8 Wren
5 Dunnock
4 Robin
1 Blackbird
1 Songthrush
4 Cetti's Warbler
1 Lesser Whitethroat
8 Blackcap
32 Chiffchaff
13 Goldcrest
17 Long tailed Tit
1 Coal Tit
61 Blue Tit
49 Great Tit
2 Greenfinch
1 Hybrid Species - images below

(Firecrest x Goldcrest) ?

Daniel with a Grey Heron 

A busy day for all involved but a very enjoyable one, great to show people what we do and to see so many smiling faces from young and old - and there was a lot of people who came along for a chat/ take photos etc.

Monday, 30 September 2019


28th September

A short session on Saturday morning up at Paul R's farm produced 29 new and 6 retraps before the wind stopped play. 5 Yellowhammer being the highlights - stunning birds.

Male Yellowhammer

Thursday, 26 September 2019

21st September

Saturday 21st September

A quieter morning than of late with 28 new and 5 retraps. 12 Blackcap, 3 Lesser Whitethroat, 2 Goldcrest, 1 Jay being the highlights with PH.

3 Male Goldcrest

 4 Adult Jay

Also heard 3 Tawny Owl whilst setting up the nets.

Tuesday, 24 September 2019


With Saturdays Great White Egret found in the afternoon on the back pool. it puts my patch year list on 113. Common Redstart, Pied Flycatcher, Grasshopper Warbler and Whimbrel being the other latest birds seen on the patch. Last years total was 117 which will be hard to beat? Whatever the final score will be, I'm enjoying the patch.

Monday, 16 September 2019

Saturday 14th September

With 50 new birds ringed and 2 retraps on Saturday morning with PH it was another decent session. The bulk again were Blackcap, which are now showing good fat scores. A few weeks ago the average weight for a Blackcap was 17g some on Saturday were at 22g.

3 Female Blackcap