Sunday, 19 April 2009

Evening Entertainment

A brief visit to the local gravel pits showed that all the commoner migrants, including Common and Lesser Whitethroat, were now in situ.

An evening phone call had me chasing off the Wereham, where a male Dotterel had been found. Good views of the bird were had with 30-40 Golden Plover, which were in various states of summer plumage.

From here I stopped off at Boughton Fen, where both Nightingale and Grasshopper Warbler were heard singing, as well as a Marsh Harrier coming into roost.
The final encounter of the evening were calling Stone Curlews on the way home!

Y'day the same birder (I owe him a pint!) called about three summer plumaged Black-necked Grebes at Pentney Gravel Pit. The birds were always distant whilst I was there and the murky light didn't help, but, presumably two adults and one 1st summer bird showed. Also there were 2 Dunlin, 3 Little Ringed Plover, 2 ad Mediteranean Gull and 3 Yellow Wagtail.
A Greenshank was seen at Stiffkey Flood and a Green Sandpiper on the Fen, but no Wood Sandpiper. There was no sign of the Wryneck at Friary Hills Blakeney.

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