Saturday, 20 July 2013

An insurance job with the "possible" Black Scoter Titchwell

I made the trip up to Titchwell today hoping to bag an insurance tick of the possible Black Scoter that's been reported  (debated) of late. The bird is causing some doubt amongst the locals as when seen close in it shows the yellow you'd expect of Black Scoter but the bill shape is not as expected. Our thinking today was we'll take a look for ourselves and then if the record should be accepted we'll be able to include the bird on our lists but the plan came unstuck as a) the weather was bad and b) the bird wasn't there.
Whilst scanning the sea we found just a single Common Scoter, a few Gannets, Little and Sandwich Terns whilst on the shore line were Sanderling, Turnstone, Bar Tailed Godwits, Knot, Ostercatcher to name a few.



Juvenile Little Ringed Plover
House Martin
On the reserve we saw six Spoonbill and watched as the juveniles followed the adults begging for a feed, Spotted Redshanks moulting into winter plumage, a couple of juvenile Little Ringed Plovers, Little Gulls, Black Tailed Godwits, Avocets, Green & Common Sandpiper, lots of Ruff in various plumages and a nice Little Stint in with a small group of Dunlin. All in all a very nice mornings birding only spoilt by news as we arrived home in Essex of several Two Bar Crossbills being reported just up the road at Cley and Holme. Maybe I'll catch these if they settle in Norfolk. Two reported in Suffolk too so maybe the influx is about to happen.

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