Wednesday, 20 May 2009

Still Little Reward!

Another 12 hours in the field. The best bird was early on, when we took a little time to nail a ringtail Hen Harrier, although still not sure on age or even sex! There was some good visible migration, with 450 Swift west and similar numbers of House Martin, with fewer Swallow and some Sand Martins, but other highlights were hard to come by.
Hen Harrier at Sheringham - old female?
Missing out on seeing the Black-headed Wagtail reported from Kelling (and flyover Great White Egret), we spent a little time trying to Cate it, ending up at Cley, where a Common Tern hovered in front of Daukes Hide. A Temminck's Stint was seen, with 3 Little Ringed Plover, 2 or 3 Spoonbill, Whimbrel and an unusual sighting for me, 2 Redshank chicks. A single Wheatear was the only grounded migrant!

A few shots of Swallows feeding over Eye Pool
Wheatear - the only grounded migrant! Yellowhammer, shot of the day!
We finished off Swanton Novers, where distant Honey Buzzard and Red Kite (different to Sunday's bird) where amongst the raptors seen.

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