My first stop was at Burnham Overy Staithe for a walk down the track, on to the sea path and boardwalk and then all over the dunes at Gun Hill. The track from the A149 can be superb for migrants and at 7.45 was full of singing birds. Sedge warblers proliferated, with a background chorus of whitethroat, blackcap, solitary willow warbler, chaffinch, wren and a single reed warbler. Along the path overlooking the harbour where it was high tide gave views of more sedgies, a reed bunting and the first of over 20 wheatear. Dunnocks, as usual, in the brambles by the apple tree along with the customary linnet flock.
On to the dunes where more of the same where noted, including in excess of 20 wheatear, including one particularly confiding male. A whimbrel was flushed from the water's edge where oystercatchers, a curlew and plenty of redshank were also noted.
After wandering here for a few hours I headed back to the car on the main road, having covered close to 5 miles by 10a.m. On the way back I noted a large fly on the sluice gates, a Mesembrina meridiana, a rare fly for Herts but not sure of its status in Norfolk.
|Successful larvae hunting by this male chaffinch|
|1st of many sedge warblers|
|Reed bunting in Alexanders, a plant that is invading the whole of the coast here.|
|uick fire shot of a flushed whimbrel|
|Gunhill looking west towards Burnham Deepdale|
|Mesembrina meridiana: record sent to County Recorder|
|A distant spoonbill|
|Grey Heron from the East Bank|
Just a walk as far as the Freshmarsh where 2 Mediterranean gulls were noted again and a red crested pochard got on to the day and year list. A check for redstarts and turtle doves around the extensive car parks was unsuccessful, so back in the car for the journey home. This took over 3 hours due to a crash on the A14 near Bury St Edmunds, which meant traffic was totally jammed at the Mildenhall roundabout.
In all, a wonderful day in good weather, totalling 77 species of birds. Most pleasing. Plan on returning again, maybe next Friday?
|Spot the 2 med gulls|
|Red crested pochard|