Saturday, 11 April 2009

Blue-headed Beauty

A dawn start at Snettisham Coastal Park produced 6 singing Grasshopper Warbler, one seen well, 25+ Sedge Warbler and plenty of Willow Warblers, Chiffchaffs and a few Blackcap. A small movement of Swallow headed south. Five Wheatear were seen at Heacham South Beach. A single Barnacle and a hybrid (possibly one from Snettisham) were amongst c 500 Pink-footed Goose. A thorough search did not produce any Redstart, so when news came through of one at Old Hunstanton, we made our way there. Two Black redstart were quickly found (once we had located the actual site), both female/immature and the male Common Redstart was seen well, but briefly. I was aware of some Yellow Wagtails having been seen on the Pitch and Putt y'day but were not there in the evening, so a group there was a pleasant surprise. More so, when a Blue-headed Wagtail was found amongst up to 14 Yellows (although, I now realise it was seen yesterday, but we didn't know that so it was a lovely surprise!) 2 White Wagtails were also present with triple figure of Meadow Pipit.
Onto Titchwell produce Black Brant, White-fronted Goose and a hybrid Canada/Greylag. A Wheatear and three Spotted Redshank were present, along with a good number of Swallow and Sand Martin + 1 House Martin.

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