|Cley barn owl|
|distant purple sandpiper|
Other noteworthy birds from the morning were a splendid sparrow hawk from Daukes Hide, a marsh harrier, plenty of waders and gulls with 50+ avocets. A water rail scurried from a reedbed to another, too fast for the camera. A flight sequence of the sparrow hawk below, plus a wandering drake teal.
|coming in to land|
After this, we packed the car and popped to Salthouse beach car park so Wendy could see the confiding turnstones. Mingling with them were snow buntings. I was about to text fellow birders, Therese and Stuart that the buntings were on show when I realised that they were standing 3 yards away. They went off to successfully find the purple sandpiper, a lifer for them. Good stuff.
On the way home I added woodcock to the list, totalling 83 species for the whole 2 days non birding. This "non birding" phrase is a little misleading but basically it refers to the fact that I spend only a few hours maximum, birding and the rest of the time I am out enjoying a walk, meal, pint etc with Wendy. However, when out for a walk, I take binoculars and camera, but leave the scope, tripod etc at home. All photos are walk by shootings, with the only stop to get a photo was for the previous day's goldcrest.
|turnstone at Salthouse beach car park|
|turnstones and snow bunting|