Thursday, 27 October 2011
On arrival I walked out on the boardwalk, over shrike hill and then along the bog near the moat. There were quite a lot of people searching for the shrike and nobody had seen it. I gave the bog one more scan and suddenly picked up the bird sitting on a blackened tree.
I got another couple of birders onto it and then watched it for the next 1/2 hour or so. It seemed to have a circuit and didn't seem overly afraid of casual walkers. I eventually went down to where it seemed to perch a lot and eventually got some photos.
Also in the area were a few Crossbills, one male perched in a low tree by the boardwalk.
Monday, 10 October 2011
Tuesday, 4 October 2011
However, the bird was still on site and feeding reasonably close in a field at the end of Mill Lane. What can you say - a large grey bird with a red patch on its head and a long dagger like bill. However, it was a lifer and a British tick! It was busy feeding in the field mostly with its head down but looked up occasionally.
I then drove to Minsmere - what a mistake, it was dead! 4 Red-breasted Geese (escapes) amongst the Barnacle Goose flock was the oddest thing. The only birds of note were 2 Little Egrets and 4 Ruff. There was supposed to be a Garganey on the scrape but I couldn't find it.
Finally I went to Levington Creek where after a few minutes frustration I managed to get onto the moulting adult Dotterel which was amongst the large numbers of Golden Plover on the far side of the creek.
Nothing interesting from Lee Farm, just a Barn Owl at Lavell's and two Red Kites which flew over as I was leaving.