Sunday, 23 April 2017

Local stuff.

During the week 5 Wheatear on Corton Cliffs my first Lesser Whitethroat of the year on the Dis Railtrack.
Opposite Corton Woods in the Caravan Park a Firecrest singing its heart out.
Yesterday a little bit of movement COSW 2 Yellow Wagtails, 3 Whimbrels past and a Fulmar. Red Throated Diver went South and a couple of Passerines that were too far away to Identify came in off.
Headed in the Hickling direction but passing Hopton I watched 9 Whimbrel drop into a field.

Passed Breydon Bridge and luckily the bridge went up so gave me the opportunity to scan the mud, Spoonbill feeding in the channel was brilliant.

We then eneded up at Happisburgh where we noted Yellow Wagtail, 7 Shorelark and a nice Summer Plumaged Dunlin.

This morning back on the patch, very quiet until the 90+ Sandmartins went mad along Corton cliffs to a nice Female Marsh Harrier. A Fulmar was quartering the cliffs and was very very close.

Rach n I headed to Hickling Broad again this time for a boat trip out to Rush Hill and Swims Coot hides. Before boarding the boat 2 Cranes flew over our head and i think landed in or near the Bittern Hide but I didnt have the time to look.

As we made our way towards the hides 2 more Crane flew over our heads giving great views, then I digiscoped this Common Tern from the boat.

Swims Coot was brilliant although initially as everyone lifted the hide doors everything flew off. In time it all slowly came back. 3 Green Sandpipers were the first birds to return.


Next in was the Avocet.

Then the Whimbling call over head of the Whimbrel to 38 dropping in a showing really nicely.

Then a small flock Dunlin and Ringed Plover.

Redshank are always nice.

 Lastly a nice flock of 16 Ruff dropped in feeding ferociously.

On the boat trip to Rush Hill it was quiet and even from the hide it was quiet except a Drake Pintail.
We left and stopped to listen for the Savis but it was quiet and we didn't have long.We visited the tower platform in the woods where more views of Crane were had, at least 5. Then back to Hickling where I was able to again take some pictures from the boat, this time of the nesting Great Crested Grebes.

After leaving the boat more Cranes, Grasshopper Warbler from the Visitor Centre and then the Savis Warbler Reeling from the Weavers Way footpath.
Back on the patch i stopped the car at the start of Stirrups lane to my first Male Ring Ouzel of the weekend and best bird on the patch.   

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