From here, I spent a little time in the pines, but only got goldcrests.
|pink footed geese.|
Off to Cley for a coffee, check the board, but nothing to get excited about, so I thought that it was time for a bit of self finding. I headed off to Salthouse Heath which was virtually birdless. Jay, stonechat, dunnock and the highlight, a fly past female merlin heading for a flock of linnets. However, ruddy darter dragonfly still on the wing and a host of very tasty parasol mushrooms.
|another large specimen: breakfast sorted!|
On to the Bishop's Hide for a quick scan over the reserve. Usual fare in increasingly poor light: avocet, black tailed godwit, teal, wigeon etc. A flyover marsh harrier put everything up.
|drake pintails: always a cracking bird|
|descending marsh harrier|
|From Bishop's Hide|
|Marsh harrier in poor light|
|Marsh harrier effect: shoveler, black headed gulls, lapwings, wigeon, teal etc|
There was still time for one last stop en route home, so off to Sculthorpe Moor for a quick whizz to the Jarvis Hide. A tawny owl called and showed briefly and a marsh tit visited the feeder whilst a brambling was very unaccommodating, remaining well hidden for photos.
As shown here, a great day for bird watching, not a good day for bird photography.
red throated diver, slavonian grebe, gannet, cormorant, little egret, grey heron, mute swan, pink footed goose, greylag goose, canada goose (10 sp) brent goose, black brant (just to get Stuart going on sub species and to see if he reads my report!!) shelduck, egyptian goose, mallard, pintail, gadwall, shoveler, wigeon, teal (20 sp) tufted duck, common scoter, velvet scoter, surf scoter, marsh harrier, rough legged buzzard, common buzzard, kestrel, merlin, red legged partridge (30 sp) grey partridge, pheasant, moorhen, coot, oystercatcher, avocet, golden plover, lapwing, sanderling, redshank (40 sp) black tailed godwit, curlew, whimbrel, arctic skua, black headed gull, herring gull, lesser black backed gull, guillemot, stock dove, wood pigeon (50 sp) collared dove, tawny owl, skylark, meadow pipit, wren, dunnock, robin, stonechat, redwing, blackbird (60 sp) cettis warbler, goldcrest, great tit, coal tit, blue tit, marsh tit, long tailed tit, bearded reedling, magpie, jay,( 70 sp) jackdaw, rook, carrion crow, starling, house sparrow, chaffinch, brambling, linnet, goldfinch, greenfinch, (80 sp) reed bunting.
All in all, a cracking day. Next big day out: 15th Nov, with a few days birding around Rome next week. Up to Frascati, eagles and raptors in the hills above the eternal city. Could be good.