Sunday, 25 January 2009

19th Time Lucky!

Another visit to West Norfolk for Black Redstart and a rumoured Rough-legged Buzzard, where the only bird of significance was a 1st win drake Scaup, was rudely interrupted by news of the Black-bellied Dipper again at Letheringsett (Little Thornage) Ford. Quick change of plans and a quick drive (via petrol, which nearly proved disastrous) had us arriving on site to find the bird had departed south seconds before our arrival! Knowing the area and checking with others who were sheltering in their cars from the rain, we quietly made our way onto the footbridge, where the Dipper was located feeding from the gravel on the east side of the river. Yes! After watching it actively feed for a while, often submerging for seconds into the flowing stream, we departed happy, having finally seen he bird, for me after 18 attempts since last November!

Returning to West Norfolk a Peregrine was located, but little else. Moving south, we ended up crossing the boarder into Cambs to see the Great White Egret near Pymoor (which was rather distant. Many swans were seen, as were a few geese, which when covered in mud provided some interesting identification problems!

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