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.’
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?
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.