Saturday, 27 February 2010

Route Birds: Thursday, Friday

A few good 'catch-up' Route ticks were found.

A stop off at Guist produced 78 Wigeon at Bintree Mill, with 2 Gadwall. A Common Buzzard came out of roost at 6.47 am, with Tawny Owl heard, but no good woodland birds, except a Jay.
At Walsey Hills my first Cetti's warbler was heard constantly, yet distantly. On Snipe's Marsh were a pair of Pochard, presumably returning after the freeze out! A single Water Rail squealed rather pathetically!
Passerines were more evident around Salthouse, presumably responding to the warmer weather. A Stonechat was on the Little Eye and 2 Little Egret were seen twice! A small build up of large gulls has started at Salthouse, but nothing of particular interest (yet)!

A lunchtime jaunt to West Runton for the Black Redstart was unsuccessful, except for the showy ad Mediterranean Gull!
A quick stop in the evening produced 8 Gadwall, 3 Marsh Harriers and the Cetti's Warbler singing again.
A kingfisher flew over the sluice at East Bank. A visit to Bishop's Hide produced 48 Avocet, 2 Ruff and 12 Redshank - plus a Little Egret and plenty of Wigeon. A strange selection of 'fowl' are at Salthouse!
The Little Egret has returned (?) to Thornage.
A late afternoon stop at Guist produced the fascinating sight of well over 200 Pied Wagtails gathering to roost in the reeds (176 counted on wires, with another 30+ still in flight and a number already in the reeds!). A Marsh Tit called by the bridge, where a few Long-tailed Tit were present.

On Friday both Barn Owl and Little Egret were seen at Thornage.
At Cley the waders were flighty with a final congregation of c 150 Golden Plover, c 200 Lapwing and c50 Avocet. Amazingly 3 Tufted Duck joined the Pochard on Snipe's Marsh. A single group of 8 Pale-bellied Brent flew west. Two seemingly frisky Avocet at Salthouse were the first away from Pat's.

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