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Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Norfolk long weekend and many missed birds.

Norfolk 20th -23rd October

This time of year is a fantastic time of the year to be in Norfolk, this year even more so as the winds have been from the east for a couple of weeks.  I was there for 3 or so days most of it doing bits and pieces in the house, which means disappearing for hours isn't on, even my early morning joints are out of the equation as it doesn't get light enough to bird until 7.30ish. This meant I kept pretty much on the east coast of the county looking for migrants of my own. I did see quite a few recently arrived winter thrushes, skylarks coming in off  the sea and in some cases birds flying parallel to the coast but deciding to stay out there rather head for the safety of the land. Something that I really didn't want to happen was a text message from my friend saying that an Isabelline Wheatear a scarce vagrant  had been found on the other side of Norfolk. If I chose to get up early between late spring to early autumn the drive can be done in an hour and a half, followed by a 30 minute and hoping the bird is on show. If that all goes to plan it is a 5 hour jaunt. Did I see it? of course I did, that was the only bird that persuaded me to put the paint brush down.

Below are a few photos taken while away and I didn't take many

    Isabelline Wheatear Burnham Overy Dunes

    Common Buzzard over an old coastal watch point, great views unfortunately this lump
    flushed 3 Lapland Buntings before I could get a photo.

    These 2 Buzzards were mewing over theshouse
    This Hedge Accentor came in off the sea but wasn't accompanied by a Siberian Accentor. It 
    is a shame that this species unseen in the UK until 3 weeks ago and now recorded 9 times
    with all records north of  Spurn Point has not been found in East Anglia.

    Goldcrest and Continental Blackbird on the walk to the coastal watch point

    Starlings leave their reed bed roost
    These skeins of geese flew over the house daily

    These Pink-footed, White-fronted, Barnacle and Brent Geese were in fields near the 
    Isabelline Wheatear

    Guess who?


Arjun Dutta said...

On the Hyde Park and Kensignton Gardens blog it says that a wader with a downward curved beak, Whimbrel or Curlew, had been found injured in Regent's Park and been taken into a vet yesterday.
Did you know any other details about this?

Tony Duckett said...

Hi Arjun. That is news to me, we picked up a dead Woodcock last week that had been partially eaten by a Fox. If it is supposed to have had a down curved beak then it was more than likely to have been a Curlew unless it was a smaller wader.

Arjun Dutta said...

Thats what I thought to.
I saw the comment on Ralph Hancock's blog, but assumed you'd know.
Great pictures as always..!

Tony Duckett said...

Cheers Arjun

Reuben Braddock said...

I'm not sure which photo you were asking 'guess who?' about, but I'd go for Bearded tit and Gannet (although I'm not very sure about the Gannet!)

Tony Duckett said...

You are right, it was just to see if those that are relatively new to birding could ID these 2. The Gannet is similar in colour to the B.B Albatross.