In the car park met with 3 Stortford birders. We exchanged stories before they set off for the reserve.
|lifting fog, Titchwell 6.30a.m.|
|Pheasant greeting on entry|
|chinese water deer|
|Wheatear, Titchwell beach|
|little stint and dunlin|
Chiffchaffs, lesser whitethroat, pied flycatcher and assorted tits went on to the list before I set off for the Glandford red backed shrike. Rather distant behind Cleyspy, but good to see. A year lister. Then, off to Salthouse car park for the wryneck at Gramborough Hill. I found this reasonably easily and immediately the big lens boys turned up. They must have walked straight past it. Very briefly the wryneck showed well on the shingle before disappearing into undergrowth. At this point, you could still study it with binocs and/or telescope but it wasn't playing ball for the camera. I was horrified when not one, but three of the photographers (not birders) got out their mobile phones and played, at great volume) wryneck calls. The bird looked around, stopped feeding and wandered out in search of a fellow migrant. This happened twice by which time my patience was stretched and I let rip with diplomatically put comments on the fact that all birders should respect the welfare of the bird and that by playing calls the migrant was not feeding and using up much required energy in looking for a fellow wryneck. This bird had arrived Sunday and had probably been bashed around Saturday in windy and wet conditions. It needed a break and chance to refuel. However, they got their photos!
|looking for a fellow wryneck|
|calling for a fellow wryneck|
|spot the wryneck?|
|heat haze and distance don't lend themselves to crytsal sharp shots. Honestly, a citrine wagtail.|
|camera shy whinchat.|
little grebe, fulmar, gannet, cormorant, little egret, grey heron, spoonbill, mute swan, greylag goose, canada goose (10 sp) shelduck, mallard, gadwall, wigeon, teal, marsh harrier, common buzzard, kestrel, red legged partridge, pheasant (20 sp) moorhen, coot, oystercatcher, avocet, ringed plover, grey plover, golden plover, lapwing, knot, sanderling (30 sp) turnstone, dunlin, curlew sandpiper, little stint, common sandpiper, redshank, spotted redshank, greenshank, black tailed godwit, bar tailed godwit (40 sp) curlew, whimbrel, snipe, ruff, arctic skua, black headed gull, common gull, herring gull, lesser black backed gull, great black backed gull, (50 sp) common tern, sandwich ter, wood pigeon, stock dove, collared dove, wryneck, skylark, sand martin, swallow, house martin (60sp) meadow pipit, pied wagtail, citrine wagtail, wren, dunnock, robin, redstart, wheatear, whinchat, stonechat (70 sp) blackbird, lesser whitethroat, whitethroat, sedge warbler, reed warbler, willow warbler, chiffchaff, pied flycatcher, great tit, blue tit (80 sp) red backed shrike, magpie, jay, jackdaw, carrion crow, rook, starling, house sparrow, chaffinch, linnet (90 sp) goldfinch, greenfinch, reed bunting, yellow hammer and, finally, near Lakenheath, flyover tawny owl. Total 95 species. Excellent.