This morning was spent exploring the beaches at Old Hunstanton and Titchwell on the North Norfolk coast, switching to heath-land at Dersingham Bog and Roydon Common in the afternoon.
There were good numbers of gulls, terns and waders on the sand bars at Old Hunstanton and visible migration was evidenced with fly-over Tree Pipit, Yellow Wagtail and redpoll sp. The gardens were full of singing Blackcaps.
At Titchwell, we were met by a singing Firecrest in the car park, which later showed well near to the feeding station and cafe. Despite this little sprite singing loudly and showing well, all the visitors and birders were oblivious!
A walk along the raised path to the beach was, as always, very pleasant and bird-filled. Standard fare included Marsh Harrier, still plenty of Brent Geese, Pintail, Avocet, Black-tailed Godwit, Spotted Redshank, Little Ringed Plover, Bearded Tit, Cetti's Warbler etc. The beach held a variety of waders including Grey Plover, Knot, Bar-tailed Godwit and Sanderling.
Dersingham Bog is normally a quiet spot but heavy machinery was on-site completing maintenance work which didn't make it too conducive for birding! A short walk provided four species of raptor including Marsh Harrier, and also Stonechat, Grasshopper Warbler, Crossbill, Lesser Redpoll and Siskin. We went on to Roydon Common which produced similar birds and Cuckoo, Grey Partridge and a single Woodlark.
On our way home this evening a quick stop at Polebrook Airfield provided 2 singing Nightingales, 3 Grey Partridge, a Turtle Dove, a Cuckoo, and a Lesser Whitethroat. A drake Mandarin Duck was on a large puddle just inside Ashton Wold.
Eleanor and Neil