From the beach the morning mist made sea watching tricky, but 5 arctic skuas, sandwich terns as well as common terns were present. All good day listers and it wasn't 9 a.m.,
Back at the Parrinder hide there were plenty of birds to check. A little stint performed well outside the hide, as did a bathing meadow pipit. Spoonbills, avocets, black tailed godwits, a few knot, redshanks and greenshanks all got on to the daylist. Back on the path we heard and then saw, a sizable party of superb bearded reedlings. I had only earlier commented upon the fact I had never managed a pleasing photo of this species. Hopefully, you'll agree, I have improved upon this with these offerings. Also, from the path, a great white egret.
|ruff from Parrinder Hide|
|meadow pipit, Parrinder Hide|
|Little stint, Parrinder Hide|
|ruff and 2 little stint, footpath|
|great views of a party of bearded reedling near island hide, Here a male|
|2 females/first year birds|
After a brief trip down Lady Anne's Drive we stopped off at Warham Greens and a walk to the metal gibbet. Not too much here at all apart from flocks of finches, but checking the sky we discovered a peregrine circling in thermals with another common buzzard. Then, we found ourselves at Cley ready for lunch. Picnic Fayre in the village supplied us with vitals and a coffee at the the visitors' centre was much appreciated. On to the reserve and into the hides where more waders were noted, mainly ruff and another group of little stints.
|long tailed tit, Burnham Overy Staithe|
Upon arriving back in the village, I made a quick tally of species: 95 definites, 2 heard only and 2 possibles. A good tally for a busy day.
|male stonechat, Kelling Quags. Note colour ringed, details forwarded to BTO|
|Female stonechat towards Muckleborough Hill.|
little grebe, gannet, cormorant, little egret, great whie egret, grey heron, spoonbill, mute swan, pink foot goose, canada goose, greylag goose, shelduck, mallard, gadwall, pintail, shoveler, wigeon, teal, garganey, pochard, tufted duck, common scoter, marsh harrier, common buzzard, sparrow hawk, kestrel, hobby, peregrine, red legged partridge, grey partridge, pheasant, water rail (heard), moorhen, coot, oystercatcher, avocet, ringed plover, golden plover, lapwing, knot, turnstone, dunlin, curlew sandpiper, little stint, green sandpiper, redshank, spotted redshank, greenshank, black tailed godwit, curlew (50 species) snipe, ruff, arctic skua, black headed gull, common gull, herring gull, lesser black backed gull, greater black backed gull, sandwich tern, common tern (60 sp) stock dove, wood pigeon, collared dove, swallow, house martin, meadow pipit, pied wagtail, grey wagtail, wren, dunnock (70 sp) robin, wheatear (probable) whinchat, stonechat, blackbird, blackcap, whitethroat,cetti'swarbler (heard), reed warbler, willow warbler (80 sp) chiffchaff, great tit, blue tit, long tailed tit, bearded reedling, magpie, jay, jackdaw, rook, carrion crow (90 sp)starling, house sparrow, chaffinch, linnet, goldfinch, greenfinch, reed bunting, yellowhammer + cuckoo possible, making it 99 species for theday if you count the possible and probable. I do as neither are year listers etc and 99 is a good total. Oh for a grey plover, song thrush or common sandpiper to help make the ton.
However, I know Adrian got red backed shrike earlier today, so I am sure he will pass 110 species for his 5 day stay. Good luck with those woodpeckers!