However, around the groynes on the beach, where the bird was supposed to be were 2 turnstones, a sanderling and a family of seals. A sea watch provided views of huge number of feeding cormorants, common, black headed, herring and lesser black backed gulls along with a solitary red throated diver.
|Sunrise at Winterton|
|Graeme checking for the desert wheatear|
|Mum and offspring|
|Family portrait. Mum looks to be blind in the right eye.|
|Great black backed gull....|
|........from Sheringham cliffs|
We continued to Burnham Overy Staithe where Graeme saw the 2 rough legged buzzards, a year lister for him. Also, we latched on to a peregrine heading east over Holkham pines and scanned the fields, getting dunlin in a pool and several common buzzards, to add to the 4 we had seen from Holkham layby.
By now it was gone 2pm and we planned to head straight to Snettisham where a glaucous gull was showing well at a dead seal carcass. However, as we approached Titchwell, in good afternoon light, we decided that maybe the gull would have gone to roost by the time we arrived, so decided upon a Titchwell visit. Pleased we did, scoring with a goldeneye drake on the sea, plenty of wildfowl and waders, all in glorious setting sunlight.
Linnets overhead, a brief bearded reedling, marsh harrier before a male hen harrier appeared over Thornham Marsh, moving east over the Freshmarsh. Good views in now poor light meant disappointing photos. The ones that look good on the back of the camera, but not on the screen! Shame, but nevertheless, a real treat to watch.
A song thrush near the carpark was our last day tick before a trip home, needless to say, stopping for another coffee around Ely before arriving home at 7, some 14 hours after departing.
|Salthouse beach turnstone|
|redshank at Titchwell|
|black tailed godwit|
|portrait of black tailed godwit|
|grey plover looking golden in setting sunlight|
|as the sunsets.....................|
|....................behind the trees towards Thornham....................|
|..................the moon rises over Titchwell|
|sadly, too dark for sharp photos of male hen harrier|
|Note to self: clean camera sensor!! Too many dust spots|
red throated diver, little grebe, cormorant, little egret, grey heron, mute swan, pink footed goose, greylag goose, brent goose, canada goose, (10 sp) shelduck,mallard, gadwall, shoveler, wigeon, teal, pochard, tufted duck, goldeneye, marsh harrier (20 sp) hen harrier, rough legged buzzard, common buzzard, sparrowhawk, kestrel, peregrine, partridge sp, pheasant, moorhen, coot (30 sp) oystercatcher, avocet, ringed plover, grey plover, golden plover, lapwing, sanderling, turnstone, dunlin, redshank (40 sp) black tailed godwit, curlew, snipe, black headed gull, common gull, herring gull, lesser black backed gull, greater black backed gull, wood pigeon, stock dove (50 sp) collared dove, barn owl, green woodpecker, skylark, meadow pipit, pied wagtail, wren, dunnock, robin, song thrush, (60sp) mistle thrush, redwing, blackbird, great tit, blue tit, long tailed tit, bearded reedling, magpie, jay, jackdaw (70 sp) rook, carrion crow, starling, house sparrow, chaffinch, linnet, goldfinch, greenfinch, reed bunting.
79 species for the day.