Wednesday, 11 April 2012

Not a Lot...but Dry

Tuesday April 10
Sue arrived 15 minutes early, I'd only just arrived downstairs! Not that it matters at all to any of us.
Should we try for the flighty Hoopoe at Waxham or go to Titchwell? The latter won.
A tremendous amount of water on all the pools, very little space for waders and there were few. A scattering of Ruff and Redshank, 30 Turnstone and 7 Black-tailed Godwits in brick summer plumage. Two White Wagtails were a bonus.
To the sea.... The tide was in as far as the beach ruin. We perched on the dunes as the platform was full, scanning across an empty tide's edge from there. A happy hour passed, finding 6 Common Scoter close enough to pick out the three males' yellow beaks,  the female face patch and the two Velvet amongst them. The latter preened, showing their white patches well. Great Crested Grebes were well scattered as were the pairs of Red-breasted Mergansers. We all succeeded in seeing the more distant Red-necked Grebe, always actively diving and showing intermittently. The ten Long-tailed Ducks were very active too but then just bobbed about on the dancing waves as the wind rose.
Nothing of note on the ride to Cley. I'd been hoping for a hirundine or Ring Ouzel on such a nice day. At the beach there was a steady passage of Sandwich Terns, a delight for Sue as they were her first. We always enjoy watching their apparently effortless flight. 

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