Tuesday, 17 February 2015

Some half-term birding to blog about

On Saturday 14th, I had some old uni friends staying with me for the weekend. It was a glorious day so we headed to Horsey on the east coast so that they could be introduced to the Grey Seal colony. The seals appeared to be enjoying the sunshine and many were hauled out on the beach. A few pups remained but I doubt many were taking milk and indeed a range of colours and markings were present. Walking back down the Nelson's Head track, I heard the bugling of Cranes and was able to show the group a pair grazing in the field. We enjoyed a few pints in the pub before heading back to Surlingham for dinner. I was of course disappointed to see that a Great White Egret had been reported whilst we were dining, but then at least someone had seen it if not me!

I took to Church Marsh on Sunday to blow the cobwebs out. Of note were a pair of Marsh Tit and 4 Grey Herons, the latter making use of the exceptionally low water levels in the river, wading at knee height and catching small fish with some success. Back home in the garden, 3 Bullfinch were stonking!

Yesterday, I was a little put off by the foggy start but stuck to my original plan of Carlton Marshes. It was difficult to see anything at first, but as the Winter light cut through small flocks of both Reed Bunting and Meadow Pipit were revealed to me. The scrape held 4 Dunlin, 2 Redshank, plenty of Lapwing and a Shelduck. Black-headed, Common, Lesser Black-backed and Herring Gulls were using the site, many passing through, but another white-winger here is surely only a matter of time. Other bits and pieces today included a Kestrel and Golden Plover over.

Early in the mornings, we are being treated to both Song and Mistle Thrush singing. Interestingly, they seem to take turns: The Mistle belts out his sombre tune, and when resting the Song Thrush kicks in. Two lovely sounds to awaken to.

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