A lot of quality birding time has elapsed since my last update, with an OFSTED shaped bomb right in the middle. However, I'm back and equipped with a brand new scope. The first birds I looked at through this beauty were 30 odd Snow Buntings at Salthouse on Monday.
As mentioned in another post, I had planned to do some volunteering this year and my first appointment was at RSPB Buckenham Marshes on the 10th of February. Despite the driving wind and lack of decent birds, I very much enjoyed being guided walk assistant! The Corvid roost at the finish was a real crowd pleaser, and the group were so appreciative of any tit bit of knowledge I shared.
Yesterday, I made use of the sunshine and headed into The Brecks. As always, just great to be out. Common Buzzard and Kestrel both displaying, Sparrowhawk, Siskin, Nuthatch, Bullfinch and Marsh Tit all seen or heard. My intended target was not however playing ball, perhaps a little early in the season for Goshawk after all.
Today, and the more familiar surroundings of Church Marsh. A Green Sandpiper and 2 Shelduck, all on the lagoon, were new for the year, as was a Treecreeper in amongst a Long-tailed Tit flock. By the carpark, 18 Redwing and a single Fieldfare probed for insects in the paddock. I didn't make it down as far as the pub today, where I recorded a large flock of c50 Lesser Redpoll almost 2 weeks ago.