Monday, 13 April 2009

Arctic Tern - 200th Bird

A 5 1/2 hour walk around the Winterton area produced: 2 male Ring Ouzel, Grasshopper Warbler, Yellow Wagtail, a few Wheatear and c20 Swallow moving through.
From here we intended to visit Hickling, but meeting a birder who was leaving there, we decided against it! So instead visited Barton Broad, which proved profitable. A stunning adult summer plumaged Little Gull, with wonderful pink tinge was immediately seen, as were c10 Common Tern. After a while a pristine Arctic Tern was found, which patrolled and perched (and was my 200th species of the year).
News of 2 summer plumaged Slavonian Grebe (a good year tick for Dave!0 had us making the journey over. The tide was way out and even walking to the sure the pair were distant, but the finer details could be made out. A Bittern was seen flying over the grazing marsh.
An evening visit to Burnham Norton produced a stunning male Ruff, up to 4 Wheatear, Yellow Wagtail and Barn Owl ( but not Dave's hoped for Garganey, Greenshank or Whimbrel that I've seen this year that Dave hasn't! - he has seen Great Skua and Razorbill, so is in a slightly better position!)
A pair of Wigeon were at Bintree Mill, as well as 3 Marsh Harrier, Barn Owl and the Harris Hawk.

No Photos today as I forgot my camera, but a good opportunity to remind you all of Dave's site: and go to the Diary page, where you will find pictures of a lot of the birds noted here.

Y'day a cruise around the NW included Holme, Titchwell and finally Choseley - where a Whimbrel was seen, as well as a minimum of 63 Corn Bunting.

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