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Monday, September 26, 2011

26th September

The weekend away turned out to be one of the most quiet Septembers that I can remember up on the North Norfolk Coast. Passerines were very few, with the best bird being an Arctic Warbler that was found late in the day, giving birders very little time to  get there before it would go to roost. As is often the case it had gone the following day. We spent much of the time scanning the sea, Friday at Cley before moving to Titchwell and Saturday and Sunday again at Titchwell, though we did have a look around the Dell in Wells Woods, where nothing out of the ordinary was seen.

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Arctic Skua

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Arctic Skua pursuing a Sandwich Tern, making it regurgitate a fish, which it follows down to the sea.

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Pomarine Skua

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Sanderling

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Knots leave their high tide roost site

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Black-tailed Godwits

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Bar-tailed Godwit

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Ringed Plovers

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Knot

There were some interesting happenings in the park while I was away. On Saturday around mid-day and later in the evening there was a report of a Wiskered Tern over the lake, it was reported again on the Sunday morning. Dave was around on both days and was soon on the site where there was know sign of a bird or birder. This is all very strange and to go with that report there was also a supposed sighting of a Pectoral Sandpiper on Hampstead Heath. This bird was also looked, the pond it was reported to be on had know mud for a wader to feed on.

Todays news

Swallow: 300 flew south in three flocks.

Meadow Pipit: 6 singles.

Chiffchaff: 6 were seen.

 

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