Now let me see, winds from the east, autumn migration in full swing, a few rarities around, where would you go, Spurn, Lincolnshire coast, Norfolk?
After meeting at the Brandon car park at 6am Pete, Jim, Trevor and I decided to take a punt on Norfolk. With the UK weather presently stuck between low pressure to the west and high pressure to the east, things looked ideal. On route a couple of Red Kite and Common Buzzard over, and both Pete and I recorded single Barn Swallows before arriving at Holme Dunes around 8.30am.
|Good Passage Of Meadow Pipit|
|Greenshank skimming - One of a half dozen at RSPB Titchwell|
|Spotted Redshank - RSPB Titchwell|
However, despite being reasonably confident of hearing Yellow-browed Warbler on at least two occasions, we failed to connect with these elusive little characters. The final birds of note before eventually moving on were a couple of Brambling, which calling high in the pines moved off, but not before I managed an albeit too brief a view. The walk back to the car, this time along the dirt road produced Marsh Harrier and a good deal of visible migration, with occasional pockets of Thrushes moving through, these contained mostly Song Thrush but included several Redwing within, a couple more Brambling overhead just prior to returning to the car park.
|Red-breasted Flycatcher - A 1st for me, Jim & Trevor!!|
|Grey Plover - Sadly not one of the summer plumage birds!|
The freshwater marsh was once again awash with waders and these included various counts of: Black-tailed Godwit, Avocet, Ringed Plover, Knot, Dunlin, Ruff, Oystercatcher, Greenshank, Bar-tailed Godwit and Curlew. A few Egyptian Geese were also present, Shelduck and the usual selection of gulls, with Yellow-legged Gull the pick of the bunch. The saltwater marsh held excellent numbers of Grey Plover, several still showing signs of summer plumage and before ending up at the beach, Spotted Redshank. A short sea-watch in the now chilly wind ended with a fly-by Great-crested Grebe, Gannet, a small flock of Common Scoter, a lone Red-throated Diver and several Eider Duck. On the beach Sanderling, Turnstone and Oystercatcher, plus a couple of Marsh Harrier over the wet meadow on the walk back.
With a species count of 95, fish, chips and a pint on route home, an altogether stunning day in Norfolk!