Tuesday, 30 August 2011

Back to Thorpeness for the Wryneck

After co-finding a Wryneck on Friday evening myself and Craig H headed back to see if it was still around and check for any other left over migrants. The Wryneck soon showed but was very flighty, so we enjoyed it from a distance in light drizzle.

 The rest of the caravan park remained quite with the exception of a lone dark phase Arctic Skua passing south offshore.

Sunday, 28 August 2011

A bit of Suffolk and a bit of Norfolk

Craig and the new BINs bus, those PG tips don't stand a chance.
Myself and the Craig's started early doors at Covehithe and we soon found 10+ Curlew Sandpipers and a few Dunlin still in residence. An juvenile Arctic Tern headed south with a few commons. A Wheatear was on the beach and a flock of 8 Sanderling played chicken with the incoming waves.

After a hearty breakfast we headed north in to Norfolk to twitch the Western Bonelli's Warbler. It soon became apparent that the bird was elusive and in all honesty I wonder if it was there at all as several people had a pale Chiffchaff which they kept calling as the Bonelli's.
We headed off to Cley and after a piece of cake we scoped the pools at Cley and soon found the Red-necked Phalarope as well as 8 Spoonbill, 10+ Little Stint, 30+ Curlew Sands, a Wood sand and several each of Ruff and Dunlin.
A brief stop at Walsey hills resulted in excellent views of the Red-backed Shrike.

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Saturday, 6 August 2011

Orfordness - 6th August.

A trip over to fantasy island aka Orfordness with Craig and Roy got off to a superb start with a flock of 7 Little Stints! Also present on the Ness were several each of green and common Sands, greenshanks and Whimbrel. 4 Little ringed plover were a nice sight and showed well just of the green trail. A short sea watch produced a juvenile Marsh Harrier in off, a dozen or so Grey Plover and a lone Common Scoter. Passerines were represented by 2 Whinchat, Yellow Wagtail, and a few fresh looking Willow Warblers and Chiffchaff. 2 smart Ruff rounded of a nice day out. Water levels are low so future trips for waders may have to wait until more rainfall maintain levels.