Sunday, 15 August 2010

Double Post - The NEW House and Blakeney Point

The NEW House
Me and Laura have finally finished moving into our new house on Unthank Road in Norwich, it took 2/3 weeks to get things sorted but luckily no birds have really been about to miss. The feeders are up and have already been visited by a few birds. Blue Tit, Coal Tit, Greenfinch, Goldfinch, Chaffinch, Blackbird, Robin, Wood Pigeon, Collared Dove, Swift, Magpie and House Sparrow have so far been seen from the garden. Also 3 Migrant Hawker Dragonflies have been around, numerous Hoverflies, Large White, Peacock and Tortoiseshell Butterflies. A reasonable first 10days in the house.

Blakeney Point
With the lull of the summer i was glad to get out again to look for some early returning migrants on Blakeney Point. We briefly watched the sea for 15 minutes, just long enough to pick up a few Gannet, 1 Great Skua, 2 Arctic Skua, 1 Manx Shearwater and a host of Sandwich Terns. Laura was feeling unwell so she napped in the car while i headed off alone into the suadea. Not far from the Coastguards i found a female Redstart which promptly few across the channel and out of sight. Whimbrel regularly flew though, 20+ in total. About 500m before Halfway House i met some other birders who had just seen an Icterine Warbler, a bit of stomping about and eventually i managed some brief views. Heading onwards to Halfway House, i spent far to long looking at a Dunnock, before going on to find 3 Whinchat, 2 Stonechat, 1 Reed Warbler, 1 Willow Warbler, 2/3 Yellow Wagtail, 5 Linnet and numerous Reed Bunting. Gary had called and he joined me where i had seen the Icterine Warbler, we spent awhile looking but without success. A female Wheatear was around and we spent ages trying to pin down a Locustella Warbler, that was probably a Grasshopper Warbler. Having left Laura a few hours in the car, i thought i would treat her to lunch in the Dun Cow, where we added Common Crane, 3 Spoonbill, Sedge Warbler, Sandwich Tern, Black Swan, Gadwall, and a 'heard' Whimbrel to 'The Pub List' bringing my 'Pub Total' to 100!

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