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Monday, 17 November 2014

A Desert, A Dip & A Dusky

Female Desert Wheatear, Gorleston
There are masses of Desert Wheatear pics about at present so I only have a couple before moving on to todays birds.
Desert Wheatear, female, Gorleston
A very early start today. Early enough that I drove from Kings Lynn to Bawdsey over 2 hours in the dark to catch some views of the Hume's Leaf Warbler. However, despite lots of searching it was not to be found. It was not all doom & gloom as there were at least 4, perhaps as many as 7 Firecrests feeding adjacent to the picnic site. I also had a rear end view of a Tawny Owl after I stumbled upon it.
Firecrests, Bawdsey
I then decided to make a bee line for the Dusky Warbler at Landguard. It looked dire on arrival with several birders looking in several directions. I set off on my own and heard the bird calling about a hundred metres from the other birders. I must have been too close because it then sat out on a Bramble and scolded me for a few seconds before heading to another clump of Brambles. Although shy and elusive at times, this plucky little Phyllosc did actually sit it the top of an Elder allowing for a few bad photographs. My first Dusky Warbler photographs.

 Dusky Warbler, Landguard, Felixstowe

Song Thrush, 1st winter, Titchwell

Friday, 7 November 2014

Desert Wheatear & Black Redstarts

Desert Wheatear (1w male), North Links, Lowestoft
I left for work early today just so I could try my luck for the male Desert Wheatear at Lowestoft. Things didn't look good as I left Kings Lynn, rain & wind tried their best to put me off.
Things were even worse at the North Links car park! the rain was horizontal and the wind very strong. Too bad for a suit! I watched the sea for a while and had one Little Auk whizzing off to the North, one Bonxie and several small skeins of Dark-bellied Brent Geese.
Eventually the rain eased to just a drizzle and I headed off to look for the Desert Wheatear. There were several people in cars but no one on the promenade looking. I had gone 50 yards and found it, looking very bedraggled, sitting on the sea wall.
It tended to feed and shelter in the undercut below the sea wall. Sometimes being completely out of sight. However, it was confiding and at one point walked below me, no more than 5 feet away. Cracking bird.
Desert Wheatear, Lowestoft
Black Redstart, male, Ness Point, Lowestoft
Black Redstart, female, Ness Point, Lowestoft