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Sunday, 27 May 2012

Tiger! Tiger!

Dune Tiger, Titchwell

1st summer Little Gull, Titchwell

Wednesday, 23 May 2012

Bee-Eater

Bee-Eater, Glandford

Garganey, drake, Frampton Marsh

House Martin, Titchwell

Sand Martin, Salthouse

Sunday, 13 May 2012

Frampton Marsh

Swallow, Frampton RSPB visitor centre

A nice sunny day at Frampton. Lots of good birds. Several Little Ringed Plovers, 7 Curlew Sandpipers, Little Stint, Garganey, Blue-headed Wagtail, Turtle Dove and Tree Sparrows.

Little Ringed Plover
Little Gull, 1st Summer
Blue-headed Wagtail
Curlew Sandpipers
Yellow Wagtail

Saturday, 12 May 2012

Norfolk Coast

Hmmm. Sacred Ibis, from Burnham Overy Dunes

Started at Cley today where we luckily saw 3 Temminks Stints before they disappeared. Lots of Wheatear in the Eye Field along with a summer plumaged Golden Plover.

Charlie and me then walked along to Burnham Overy Dunes for very little reward! there were several Wheatears and a few Sedge Warblers. A flock of 20 Whimbrel were actually quite tolerant of my clumsy photography. A dull bird day was livened up by the Sacred Ibis on the Marsh.

Whimbrel, Burnham Overy Staithe
Marsh Harrier, male, Burnham Overy Staithe

A stop at Titchwell in the afternoon gave us Common Sandpiper, Little Terns, Common Terns, Red-crested Pochard and a 1st summer Little Gull.

Red-crested Pochard, female, Titchwell

Gadwall, male, Titchwell

Wednesday, 9 May 2012

A Sweet Sound of Spring


Nightingale, Alton Water, Suffolk

Saturday, 5 May 2012

A FULL HOUSE!

Long-billed Dowitcher, Great Livermere, Suffolk

Today I decided to have a day rounding up some local rarities. Stopped at Great Livermere first where the summer plumaged Long-billed Dowitcher proved to be very obliging. Also present were the summer plumaged Bar-tailed Godwit and 2 Common Sandpipers.

Long-billed Dowitcher
Bar-tailed Godwit, Great Livermere

I then travelled back into Norfolk finding 7 Stone Curlew along the way. Started at Titchwell where a slightly unseasonal Brambling fed by the feeders.
Brambling, Titchwell

While at Titchwell the pager spat out news of a Pallid Harrier along Blakeney Point. Being an inherantly lazy slob I decided that it may be best to try to see it from Morston Quay. I was not alone and the bird was soon located flying west along Long Hills & Yankee Ridge.
The next piece of news concerned a Purple Heron, supposedly visible from the A149 at Holkham. While the bird was not as close as it had been it did show well by being very un-purple heron like and standing in a field.
Adult Purple Heron, Holkham Freshmarsh

Thursday, 3 May 2012

Stone Curlew Surprise

Stone Curlew, Suffolk

I was driving back from Ipswich in the pouring rain when I noticed these Stone Curlews just yards from a busy road. I'm sure you will undestand a lack of  site info but they are prone to disturbance.