Friday, 20 January 2017

Birding in the Dreech

Thursday January 19

Led to believe that to-day was a better option than to-morrow weather-wise..........we headed for Sheringham.
I didn't think that the weather could get any worse. As we approached the north coast, it certainly did. Low grey overcast, became lower, the poor visibility became appalling - and drizzle set in. Truly a Scottish dreech day.
Well, we were here now. Parking in the area at the sea end of the High Street, I leant on the wall to view the rocks - it was also a pretty high tide. On the rocks below was a Juvenile Ist winter Glaucous Gull.

 More interesting was a 1st winter Herring Gull, a sponge of yellow whelk eggs in its beak. The sea kept breaking over the far rock on which it stood, washing the eggs into the sea and the gull into the air, before it fished them out again. Very entertaining but, not possible to get sharp photos in the poor light and activity.

I don't know where the seal corpse where other birders are  taking photos of Glaucous and Iceland to post on Facebook, is to be found.
Most of the promenade east is closed off due to surge repair workers and vehicles. No-one was seeing Purple Sandpipers.

On to Cley for a progress report. The A148 is open to traffic again, ricks of storm debris at intervals roadside.

A large puddle across Beach Road Cley. brought us to a stop at the village end . As we pulled in to the gateway I saw a bird fly from the nearby debris into the ditch. As I had suspected, it was a Water Rail.. Pam got out and was rewarded - eventually - with a short view. 
I was glad to get back to the comfort of home.

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