Friday, 19 February 2010

Route Patch, with no Work!

A stop at Guist was rewarded with 6 Common Buzzards in the air together and 5 Mandarins, which flew from the E side of the Bridge and out of sight the the W. A pair of Little Grebe were on the river, the first of the year for the route!
I continued up to The Cley area, hoping to find the Whooper Swan - although I couldn't find it to begin with! 8 Ruff were actively feeding in the field the swan had been in, but there was little else of note.
A return W to look at the Brent flock was rewarded with 4 Pale-bellied birds, including one first year.
As usual, I couldn't resist more time with the Snow Bunting flock, where this well marked Common Gull was present.
A continued search for the swan had me walking down the Iron Road, to be greeted at the N end with 3 hunting Barn Owls. I watched perplexed as all three birds (two darker and one light) quartered back and forth, seemingly using me as centre point! An added bonus here was a male Merlin that shot through west. An Oystercatcher was on the Sea Pool, a bird I still haven't seen from the Route!
Two Great Black-backed Gull were at Salthouse and one of the Barn Owl flew over inland.

Finally the juv Whooper Swan was found in the field it was in y'day!! I seriously believe (hope?!?) it had been hiding in the reeds!
(See here: for a much better pic by John Furse)
Two Barn Owls were seen at Guist on the Route home.

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Norfolk 364 BOU, 376 UK400, Year 158, Route 93, Sp 72, SM 78, SF 34

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