|pink foots in off the North Sea|
|More of the same|
|Touching land for the first time in a while at Burnham Overy Staithe|
|Burnham Overy Staithe long tailed tit|
Here, I headed into the woods by the beach steps and plenty of bird activity in and around both the conifers and drinking pool. Good numbers of goldcrests and a few coal tits flitted around, with even more chiffchaffs and then a call I was awaiting, yellow browed warbler. A year lister and in total, at least 3, probably 4 and possibly 5. Over 45 minutes attempting photographs proved to be an abject failure as these birds were on the move constantly. So too, with the 2 firecrests I came across at the drinking pool, 2nd year lister. A little grebe and kingfisher at the boating lake before I decided to head for Garden Drove.
|Meadow pipits: pig farm, Garden Drove|
|Robin: Garden Drove|
|Chiffchaff: Wells Woods|
|Great Tit: Garden Drove|
|End of season Speckled Wood: Lady Anne's Drive|
|Immaculate Comma: Lady Anne's Drive|
Here, I walked down to Warham Greens. Robins, long tailed tits, meadow pipits along the track and on the salt marsh, a marsh harrier, golden plover and good numbers of little egrets but still no new additions to the unusual migrant list. Too warm and (maybe) too breezy.
Off to Cley and a coffee at the VC. From here I noted plenty of birds on Simmonds Scrape and Pat's Pool, so popped over to Bishop's Hide. Ruff, teal, wigeon a plenty, lapwings, golden plover, redshank etc all made the day list. A hobby flew over, putting everything up but nothing out of the ordinary, so off to Gramborough Hill. Rather breezy, but still warm here, so a stonechat on top of the bramble patch here was a first for the day. A yellow browed called from deep inside the vegetation but didn't appear whilst I was there.Off for a quick sea watch at Cley beach where 4 gannets, a guillemot and one balearic shearwater east were noted
From here, Kelling Water Meadows where chaffinches, linnets, goldfinches, more stonechats and a single whinchat were noted. Plenty of meadow pipits, a bullfinch and several curlew in the fields. On the water meadows just a few black headed gulls, teal and a single lesser black backed gull before I headed further along to check the willows around Weybourne beach car park. Nothing new here, several stonechat, a wheatear and pied wags so along to Sheringham cliffs to finish with a sea watch. Still warm in the sun but the easterly breeze was quite chilling as I watched several gannets east and not too much else..
Heading home, I totalled a list of 75 species, which could have easily been increased had I popped into Cley hides and a flying visit to Titchwell, but very pleased with both year listers although I failed to get any photos of the 2 sp.
|Teal: Bishop's Hide|
|Shoveler: Bishop's Hide|
|Sparrowhawk: Kelling Water Meadows|
|red admiral: Weybourne beach car park|
|Stonechat: Weybourne beach|
little grebe, balearic shearwater, gannet, cormorant, little egret, grey heron, mute swan, pink foot goose, greylag goose, canada goose, brent goose, shelduck, egyptian goose, mallatd, gadwall, pintail, shoveler, wigeon, teal, marsh harrier, common buzzard, sparrow hawk, kestrel, hobby, red legged partridge, pheasant, moorhen, coot, golden plover, lapwing, dunlin, redshank, black tailed godwit, curlew, ruff, black headed gull, common gull, herring gull, lesser black backed gull, guillemot, meadow pipit, pied wagtail, wren, robin, wheatear, stock dove, wood pigeon, collared dove, kingfisher, skylark, stonechat, whinchat, blackbird, lesser whitethroat, willow warbler, chiffchaff, yellow browed warbler, goldcrest, firecrest, great tit, coal tit, blue tit, long tailed tit, magpie, jay, jackdaw, rook, carrion crow, starling, house sparrow, chaffinch, goldfinch, bullfinch.