Thursday, 6 September 2012


Thursday September 6

We'd talked about trying out the new trail at Titchwell. In the end we stayed in to finish chores; me to book three Travelodge stays and make a trip enquiry, Pam to slice the whole Scottish beef  fillet Rai got us from Macro - on offer.
We explored the back road to Sea Palling, which always promises something at this time of year. A small passage of hirundine, little else apart from one Marsh Harrier.
A quick look at Horsey Gap where the catering van man provided us with an ice-cream and the news that there was no-one around so we didn't have to pay car parking while we ate it ! We were told to keep an eye open though......even he has to pay daily.
Winterton Village parking place was jam packed, which put paid to searching the bank of bushes along South Dunes for resting migrants. That's a good place to look for Barred Warbler, Wryneck, Redstarts and various warblers. We thought that with the schools at work again, visitor pressure would have eased. The fine warm weather must have encouraged the childless and retired.
Instead, we parked ourselves in the beach car park, got out seats and scopes and sea watched. 
An hour of watching a calm sea brought a steady trickle of Gannets, about 50 an hour, two winter plumage Guillemots, a Shag, Oystercatchers, a small flock of Sanderling flying through and both Common and Sandwich Terns flying around, and perching on, the large yellow and black buoy.
On the way home, three Common Cranes flew along the dunes as we drove along the straight before Horsey Mill.

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