Wednesday, 24 October 2012

If you go out in the fog today

In a reversal of Sundays trip to Norfolk visibility was reasonable till we were closer to the Norfolk coast where it deteriated till you could hardly see the sea when you were on the beach.
Still can’t complain as we witnessed the continuation of the thrush fall they have had with some very impressive numbers of Redwing, Fieldfare, Blackbird, Song Thrush and Robin.
Started the day as usual at Hunstanton and due to the conditions birds were dropping out of the sky with the best being 10 Brambling and 3 Snow Bunting including one tired individual landing near us and very approachable. The nearby Pitch and Putt course held 600 Redwing, 200 Fieldfare and 40 Blackbird. Decided to work the bushes and sand dunes at the northern end of Hunstanton Golf Course and every one seemed to have thrushes in them with an estimated 2000 Redwing, 800 Fieldfare, 200 Blackbird, 100 Song Thrush and 400 Robin. In amongst this hoard were 30 Goldcrest, 15 Brambling, 3 Siskin and 2 Ring Ousel. Marsh Harrier and 3 Little Egret noted but missed the Shore Lark.
Moved on to Titchwell but due to the fog we saw very little here with 5 Little Egret, Marsh Harrier, 3 Bearded Tit and more very confiding Robins in the dues and thrushes and Starlings going over.
News broke of an Arctic Warbler at nearby Brancaster Staithe showing in the willows on the coastal footpath west of the village which was a new species for Dave and we also managed Chiffchaff and 2 Redstart but did not look for any of the ousels reported there. Dave managed a brief view of a Red-breasted Flycatcher but it was not relocated till we left.

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