Sunday, 14 April 2013

What a Beauty

Sunday April 14

After planting two double rows of Broad Bean plants - and retrieving my empty long rooters and tray from the dyke after a huge gust of wind - we watched Man U v Stoke.
2-0 to Man U, a penance though, I want us to play more entertaining football.
The pager rang at lunchtime with  news of a female Red-flanked Bluetail in Horsey Dunes. After the footie - 4.30 - we drove towards Winterton via The Marrams in Sea Palling. One Redwing in the horse paddock and a Swallow flew through. 
About a 100 Redwings and a few Fieldfare in the field near The Great Barn in Waxham.
I couldn't see any sign of birders in the dunes at Horsey, difficult to see from the road anyway. We hadn't discussed it but,  Pam drove in to the Gap car park and we walked north for about 200 yards before branching off seaward towards a clump of Willow in the dunes.Dune yomping is not my favourite........steep in parts and rough underfoot with plenty of snags to trip you up. We made our way up to a rise where a photographer was posed, overlooking the willow clump surrounding a pool. Almost immediately, the beautiful spring female showed well in the lower branches, sometimes landing on the ground to forage very near to us - if obscured much of the time. Much too busy watching to erect my scope and try some digiscoping.
This photograph was taken by the finder, Graham Clarke whose Blog is well worth a read.

What a weekend. 20C and great spring birds.

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