Bashing The Bishop

Yesterday, Andy Mackay and I headed out to Norfolk. There had been a bit of stuff over there, most of which seemed to have cleared out, and the chance of turning up something like a Hume’s Yellow-browed Warbler… we didn’t.

Out first stop was Hunstanton where and soon picked up an absolute stunner… sadly it was an escaped Southern Northern Red Bishop. Andy was ‘pleased we saw it before we heard it’ as, according to him it ‘sounded rare.’

Northern Red Bishop

I nicked this photo off the web as Andy’d camera was in the car and once retrieved the bird acted very wild… a nice IQ40 self-found tick then.

Nothing doing at Holme Dunes except for a fly-over Lapland Bunting at Thornham. Stiffkey was well searched but again we found nothing. At Titchwell I was shocked by the lack of pastry products so we had to do a bit of birding. 1000s of Golden Plover kept us entertained us for a while. On the sea a Red-throated Diver was the only bird of note despite a twat in a Rutland Ospreys hat confidently declaring there was ‘not even a Red-throated Diver’ not long after getting his crew onto the Velvet Scoter (Wigeon) that were flying behind the three Red-breasted Merganser… I guess one out of three isn’t bad?

Black-tailed Godwit

Common Teal

Our final stop was at Roydon Common where I mucked up a Merlin in the falling light, it was a Sparrowhawk. We did have two Hen Harrier though a juvenile female and a 2W male.

All-in-all, a pretty good day out.


7 responses to “Bashing The Bishop

  1. There is something genuinely rare at Hunstanton it seems…

    Eye browed Thrush in a garden…NO ACCESS…!!

  2. And even worse, it was there yesterday as well! Would’ve been nice if that had jumped out in front of us.

    P.S. John – I think that photo is actually a Northern Red Bishop (also known as Orange Bishop) – the head and back were much more of a scarlet red on the bird we saw. They were split fairly recently and a lot of the photos on the internet seem to be wrongly captioned.

  3. thedrunkbirder

    Cheers Andy, I’ll amend the blog post. Bloody Eastern rares turning up everywhere… Desert Wheatear seems to have relocated to Titchwell and a Red-flanked Bluetail in Suffolk. Arse!

  4. That’s happened to me before Andy…[ie…something around and you didn’t know about it]….and is known in the birding game as ‘an absolute cunt’….

    If it is confirmed i’ll defo have a pop at it if access is arranged…stunners as they are…!

    ps…look well if someone checks it out and its a Dusky Thrush…

  5. thedrunkbirder

    Eyebrowed Thrush or Dusky Thrush… either way it’s disgusting Turdus porn!

  6. Did i say something ‘genuinely rare’ at Hunstanton…?

    Seems like its hoaxing fuckin bullshit now…

  7. Sounds like the Lincs Birder/Hoaxer is up to his/her old tricks!?!…

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