Monday, 22 March 2010

Highlights Catch-up

The last couple pf days have past me by, but I was fortunate to be working last week when Spring finally Sprung!

Friday 19th March
The morning began with three Barn Owls, two Nuthatches and an unexpected Woodcock. The highlight, though were two Lesser Spotted Woodpecker, one calling and the other drumming!
Two chiffchaffs were at Walsey, a singing bird in North Plantation and another seen along the path.
The major surprise, though, came in the form of 3 Crossbills that flew west, 'chupping' away. A few Greenfinch and Great and Blue Tit also seemed to be moving west. A visit to the Beach Car park produced c 20 Snow Bunting and a single Wheatear - distantly on the Little Eye.
A lunchtime excursion was extremely lucky, producing brief sightings and soundings of Woodlark and Dartford Warbler.
After work one, of the now two, Wheatear was seen from the road - an adult male and 1st year male. A Peregrine shot through.

Thursday 18th March
Perseverance paid off in the form of a calling Lesser Spotted Woodpecker. 3 Barn Owls were seen, including two together at Guist
My first Chiffchaff of the year was at Salthouse, although I had to 'twitch' it, walking 200 m to where 3 birders (I never see birders here!) were watching and listening to it!
A late evening stop off produced two Sand Martin moving from Snipe's Marsh onto the main reserve, as well as 5+ Marsh Harrier.

Wednesday 17th March
Birding was limited to an afternoon twitch, where the 1st sum Black Redstart played chase around the Weybourne Coastguards Cottages, where it was seen distantly from the road.

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