Since the end of October (after returning from Portland Bird Observatory) I haven't been able to get out birding at all, as this last half term has been full of A Level work. After Portland my British list stood at 239, having got 19 lifers or British ticks this year. So I was desperate to get out birding, and use my Opticron bins and scope, when the Christmas holidays came around!
I recently acquired an Opticron digiscoping adapter for my iPhone, and this was my first time using it. It soon proved very useful when trying to digiscope my first 20th lifer of the year...
On the 23rd of December, my grandparents and I went to Norfolk for the day. We first stopped at Choseley Barns, unfortunately dipping on the Rough-legged Buzzards. However twitching the Red-rumped Swallow at Holkham was much more successful! The bird showed very well, not particularly close though. But I was very pleased with the digiscoped records shots I managed to get with my new digiscoping adapter and iPhone:
We then moved on to RSPB Titchwell Marsh, where Siskins and Bramblings were flitting about in the trees and on the feeders by the visitors centre. Other good birds included Knot, Turnstone, Water Rail, Water Pipit (year tick), and plenty of wildfowl, including some smart male Teal, Wigeon, Pintail, Shoveler, Red-crested Pochard and Brent Geese. A Chinese Water Deer was also seen on the marsh opposite the pools.
On the journey back home, we stopped in Kings Lynn to twitch the Iceland Gull, which posed by the river just a few metres from the car! A fabulous last lifer of 2015!
I saw my first December moth at the end of the year as well, on my grandparents kitchen window.
I spent New Year's Eve in London, and on the drive down I counted over 60 Red Kites as we drove along the motorway, with lovely views of them in the sun.
I'm Sorrel, a young birder and wildlife artist based in the East Midlands - this is my blog all about my birding and wildlife adventures.