Tuesday, 13 October 2009

Monday in Norfolk

The weather looked promising for a trip to Norfolk yesterday, and with a fair amount of scarce migrants around, plus the chance of sea watching as well it was too good to miss.
While waiting for Colin, i had a quick look at Venus, Mars and Saturn in the morning twilight. At 50x in the Leica, you could make out the gibbous disks of Venus and Mars, and the narrow ring system of Saturn looked very nice despite the low elevation.
We decided to start at Titchwell, and called in at Chosely on the way. Though we had encountered several flocks of Starling, the juvenile Rose Coloured was not around. Titchwell is gradually resembling a building site. We had hoped to visit Fen Hide and photograph the Jack Snipe, but it was closed so they could install new windows for trialling. The main lagoon was rather empty, with a small flock of gulls and duck. Waders amounted to a couple of Avocet, a flock of Dunlin, a few Ruff and Grey Plover, plus one or two Redshank.
Despite the northerly wind, sea watching was a bit quiet. The main bird seemed to be Kittiwake, thought here were a few Gannet and Manx Shearwater too, plus a couple of Bonxies. No sea Duck apart from a couple of Mergansers.
We ended up spending most of the afternoon at West Runton, tramping over the stubble fields. Sea watching was productive, and several Scoter flocks included three nice drake Velvet. The Short Toed Lark was seen frequently, always in flight, and the Richard's Pipit was seen occasionally in flight, coming quite close at times. I failed to locate the Lapland Bunting, which posed for Colin, and the Barred Warbler in the bushes by the buildings never really showed. All I saw was a large grey warbler being mobbed by Blackbird.

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