Tuesday, 16 October 2012

Are you Shore?

Day 4. Tuesday 16th October 2012.
We started off with a seawatch at Winterton. Fairly quiet with just a few Gannets, Red-throated Divers, Guillemots, Brent Geese and unusually a Grey Heron in off the sea. We then walked the South Dunes where we faired slightly better. Ring Ouzel and Lesser Whitethroat (2) the best birds here. Then a walk in the North Dunes, high winds made for difficult conditions little or nothing here but we did connect with Reed Bunting (2). Tony had to leave us to prepare for a funeral tomorrow and Paul was also homeward bound. With not too much of interest being reported Brendan and myself were at a bit of a loose end as to where to go next. News of a Shorelark at Benacre had us heading off to Benacre NNR, however, for some reason we had great difficulty finding this reserve. After going round in circles for quite some time we found out that the bird was to be found nearer to Kessingland than Benacre. So this is where we ended up. After walking about half a mile south along the beach at Kessingland we soon connected with the Shorelark showing well and loosely associating with the numerous Pied Wagtails in the shingle and on the more grassy areas.
Pics below; Lesser Whitethroat Winterton South Dunes, Shorelark at Kessingland.

107. Ring Ouzel, Winterton.

108. Reed Bunting, Winterton.
109. Shorelark, Kessingland.

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