Wednesday, 2 September 2015

Not the First -Yet Again

Tuesday September 1

Well, it is the 1st, but not a whole day birding one.
Tuesday morning always starts with a moth-ing session at Natural Surroundings. A full complement this morning, apart from Greg and Val who are in Spain. B and S are back from Scilly, their first visit at this time of year so the moths were mainly new with two Macro lifers for Steve. We had a lifer this morning too. Tony brought a fresh Vestal in and then one of the traps produced another.
We drove home via the coast road and Cley. Nothing along Beach Road nor in the Eye Field, the sea was empty too. 
Iron Road had a small flock of Sand Martins hawking the pools and reeds, a Kestrel hovered nearby and a Cormorant came in from the sea. Slow stuff.
Viewing from Salthouse duckpond was much more productive. More Sand Martins were joined by a few Swallows and a couple of House Martins. The large flock of slumbering Greylag held some Canada geese, 30+ headless Black-tailed Godwits, and a few Ruff. The latter largely moulting males.Scruffy part moult Shelduck, one Greenshank, two Redshank, a Curlew and a skulking Green Sandpiper were good to see. Driving Beach Road Salthouse added Egyptian geese bringing the total to over 40, very unexpected. 
Gunton lake was devoid of birds as were the woods. Stopping at the Sawmill, Pam spotted a large herd of Fallow Deer tn the field at the end of the road. Real segregation here. 
Males, many of them impressively horned, were grouped under a tree, the larger group of females gathered in a watchful circle nearby. These horns are spatulate at the top unlike Roe and Red deer.


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