Friday, 10 April 2009

Confusion Continues!

The day began at Horsey Gap, walking north to the 'Pipe Dump'. There was an obvious arrival of Willow Warblers, with 10 + singing. A singing Common Whitethroat was also present, with a couple of Wheatears, plenty of Chiffchaffs and a few Blackcaps and Stonechat. A bird that looked like a Tree Pipit probably was a Tree Pipit, but was only seen briefly.
From here we went to Breydon, where a Yellow-legged Gull was seen before the Lesser Golden Plover was located. It showed reasonably well although still quite distant. The strange moult of the bird still causes identification issues, with the bird still looking American from some views and Pacific from others! A Sandwich Tern was also present.
A variety of east coast sites were visited before arriving at Muckleborough Hill in a vain attempt to see the Wryneck. It did, however, give an opportunity to see the Nordic Jackdaw there. News of a Lapland Bunting at Cley, saw us later observing the bird in the Eye field, where at least 4 Wheatears were present, as well as a rather dark mantled White Wagtail.
The day ended with a high singing (at the top of a small silver birch) Dartford Warbler.

A brief afternoon visit to Cley on Thursday produced, rather belatedly, my first Sandwich Tern. Walsey Hills held 4+ Blackcaps, including a female. A pair of Swans have chosen a rather dodgy place to nest.

Stopping off a Lakenheath before a day in Brighton, produced distant views of a pair of Garganey. A singing sedge Warbler was unfortunately in Suffolk!

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