Thursday, 1 November 2012

Rain and Birds - from the Car

Thursday November 1

Ever reluctant to forgo our 'first of the month' birding day, I rose at 5.45 a.m. to find steady rain. Should we go? Yes, of course, but, delayed until 6.45 when the leaden skies lightened a shade or two.
Apart from about an hour at 10ish, it rained in varying degrees of severity, all day. The forecast said that it would be a sunny Hunny (Hunstanton). Wrong. 

Highlights - Birds
Tree Sparrows in two places
Two Brambling in the hedge at Abbey Farm entrance.
A wet, perched Buzzard.
Our first Little Egret since September - illness has kept us from birding as much as usual.
60+ Egyptian Geese in a field east of the Snettisham road.

A fraction of the flock. Wonderful, wind-shaped trees at the back.

Hundreds of Redwings everywhere.
10 Grey Partridge huddled together.
Red-necked Grebe off Hunstanton Cliffs plus an Eider and a flock of Common Scoter.

The incomparable swirling, dipping, ever-changing shape, smoke clouds of Knot at the Wash. Together with rocky reefs turning into a mass of Pinkfeet, Oystercatchers, Grey Plover and bar-tailed Godwits. Neither of us cease to wonder at this awesome experience. 
(It was on Autumnwatch later to-night)

Misses - there were many
The 20 Waxwings which turned up at Holme an hour after we'd left.....
All the seabirds at Titchwell - we didn't walk anywhere, Pam will not walk in the rain. With a cough still going strong after five weeks, I was happy to support her.
Shorelark and Snow Buntings at Salthouse - same reason.

I haven't done the final count yet, it's about 71.

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