Saturday, 12 October 2013

Norfolk delivers the goods again

We headed to Sheringham this morning on the promise of strong North Easterlies and expecting good passage movement of seabirds from the shelter on the seafront. We expected to get wet with the forecast rains and driving winds but to our surprise the wind was slight and although it rained heavily on our drive up the A11 it was dry as we arrived at the shelter around 7.15am. Highlights were six Bonxies, five Red Throated Diver, a couple of Auks good numbers of Cormorant, Gannet, Scoter, Wigeon, Teal and Brents.
I saw a single Shearwater and Petrel but too far out to call to specific species to my disappointment.

Long Eared Owl at Cley
News arrived that a Long Eared Owl was showing well at Cley so we packed up and headed along the A149 to find the bird sitting on the shingle ridge outside Swarovski hide. I grabbed a picture at some distance and Jim policed joggers and dog walkers in an effort to save the bird from being flushed. The pager goes off again telling us the Pallas's Warbler at Old Womans Lane is showing so we headed across the road but after an hour decided the mission was taking too much of our precious time so we headed back to the car and made our way along the A149 westwards only for news to break of another Pallas's showing well at Warham Green. We parked at Stiffkey and walked back along the coastal path eventually finding the Pallas's in the hedge line about a mile from the car park. This gave the Jim's a life tick and added a year tick for me. (276)

Little Egret at Stiffkey

With the news of a Dusky Warbler 12 miles away at West Runton we made the short journey and found a small gathering on site. The bird was "tacking" and showed briefly (277) before being flushed and heading into deep cover of the largest bramble bush nearest the cliff top. As the rain started to fall we decided to head home but not before a Great Grey Shrike was found at the same site. 
The closure of the A11 gave us and eventful journey home but Norfolk had delivered the goods again.

Turnstone at Sheringham

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