Saturday, 23 November 2019

Tick 299 with the Glossy Ibis at Thornham

I dipped Glossy Ibis at Newport earlier this year and have resisted chasing another until today when I drove up to Thornham to get my 299th bird of the year just a few steps from the car park at the harbour. A young dull bird seen in very wet, grey gloomy conditions wasn't a great site but it's nudged me one closer to the 300 so I'll take it anyway.

Gloomy Glossy Ibis at Thornham
Thornham harbour
We enjoyed a chat with fellow year listers Graham, Geoff and Frank at Wells whilst watching a distant Rough-legged Buzzard and we watched a young Red-throated Diver in Wells Quay after spending four hours searching for the reported Lesser White-fronted Goose. We found two very large flocks of Pink-footed Geese but both were fly overs around Binham but despite seeing them coming down into the distance we couldn't connect with either group on the ground so failed to find anything in the flocks but hopefully the flocks will settle into a routine and we'll get another chance to see the Lesser.

Red-throated Diver at Wells
Red-throated Diver

A brief search for Golden Pheasant on the way up and down at Wolferton and Euston failed to deliver the 300th tick so that search continues.

Year list now 299

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