Friday, 22 January 2010

Just one Barn Owl was seen this morning, this time at Guist, perched in a roadside tree. This is the first one I have seen at this site this year - although I have seen 3 birds together here. Rain set in, although 2 Marsh Harriers were still seen.

A lunchtime sojourn to Sheringham sea front was doubly productive, as the Purple Sandpiper was still present feeding on rocks below The Crown pub, with 10+ Turnstone nearby. A scan to the west looking at the gulls, produced the slightly unexpected 'find' of the Glaucous Gull, which hadn't been reported for a couple of days. It was a brute of a bird, dwarfing all those around it!
Slight dilemma here, this area is not on my 'Route' so I shouldn't really count these birds, but I bet the 'Route' gets extended as I look to increase the 'list'!!

Those of you who know me realise gulls are not my strong point! Can anyone explain what is going on with this gull?!?

Rain was still prevalent in the evening, there was little at Salthouse or Walsey, but a quick stop off at Cley Centre produced c20 Avocet etc. However, again this isn't actually on 'Route' its 'beside'!! With this in mind I pulled over at the top of Old Woman's Lane (definitely on 'Route!), where 3 Gadwall flew over with other duck. A small corner of Pat's Pool can be seen from here and on here was one of the Avocet! c500 Brents flew west then another 100 tumbled out of the sky, thinking of landing in the Eye Field before changing back West. An interesting sight of c 200 Pied Wagtail going to roost in the reeds was unexpected. 5 Marsh Harriers were seen together over the reedbed.

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  1. sure it doesn't need saying but your route is whereever your feet take you, one of the beauties of a patch it expands and contracts like a jellyfish.

    Whats going on with the Gull, looks a bit ugly to me ; - ) definitely not a Ross's - yet.

  2. David Norgate aka Ruralchill23 January 2010 at 08:46

    Beautiful thinking as usual, Argy! I agree and am really enjoying taking the opportunities that going to work give me birding wise!! I assume the Pied Wagtail roost is normal?!?