Sunday, 14 October 2012

Day 2 of "4 go sad in Norfolk and Suffolk"

Day 2 Birding Break
Sunday 14th October 2012
An early start as usual this time a seawatch at Ness Point. Poor visibilty and not much moving, the best we could do here was c30 Turnstone, Gannet, Sandwich Tern, Rock Pipit. From here we moved to nearby Maltsters Score where we were hoping to connect with Firecrest but drew a blank. So not a good start to the day. Next up was a visit to the Sparrows Nest Park and general area. We  were hoping to connect with Firecrest and Yellow-browed Warbler but again no luck. We did, however, we did connect with Coal Tit, Treecreeper, Chiffchaff and Blackcap to add to our "week list". Kensington Gardens was our next site but all we managed here was a pot of tea and a bacon roll each (thanks Tony!). Then over to Oulton Broad where we had great views of a Slavonian Grebe showing down to 3 or 4 meters at times. Our next stop was Yarmouth Cemetery which offered us only Redwing and numerous Goldcrests, no Firecrest or Yellow-browed Warblers. You could say a "dead loss". You could say that but it would not be at all funny! A seawatch in the rain at Winterton proved productive with Red-throated Diver, Guillemot, Gannet, Ringed Plover, but best of all a Short-eared Owl in off the sea. We also witnessed a Guillemot close to the shore being harrassed by several gulls, it looked to be in distress but we headed off before we could determine it's fate, but we feared the worst. Finally a visit to Stubbs Mill. Here we managed 30+ Marsh Harrier and 18 Common Crane. Today was quite hard going and our list is now up to 76 species. Todays additions are listed below.
59. Greylag Goose, Oulton Broad.
60. Egyptian Goose, Oulton Broad.
61. Wigeon, Winterton.
62. Great Crested Grebe, Oulton Broad.
63.Slavonian Grebe, Oulton Broad.
64. Little Egret, Breydon Water.
65. Moorhen, Stubbs Mill.
66. Coot, Oulton Broad.
67. Common Crane, Stubbs Mill.
68. Ringed Plover, Winterton.
69. Lesser Black-backed Gull, Ness Point.
70. Short-eared Owl, Winterton.
71. Green Woodpecker, Yarmouth Cemetry.
72. Rock Pipit, Ness Point.
73. Blackcap, Lowestoft.
74. Chiffchaff, Lowestoft.
75. Coal Tit, Sparrows Nest.
76. Treecreeper, Sparrows Nest.

Slavonian Grebe at Oulton Broad.

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