Things didn't go to plan as I arrived at the Llama's house (on the other side of Leicester to where I live) bang on time but quickly realised I'd left not only my scope but also my bins at home, what a dick! Thankfully John saved the day as he had a spare pair of binoculars and so I piled into the back seat with Mr Dave Gray and off we went to Norfolk!
First stop (not counting the pit-stop at a Scottish burger merchant) was a top secret job where yours truly ticked his first ever Montagu's Harrier (a ringtail) with minimal difficulty before we moved onto a Corn Bunting site (im not supressing this, I just can't remember its name!) where we saw a Hen Harrier and another possible Montagu's along with a few Wheatear in a ploughed field.
|Hen Harrier (five primaries as opposed to 4 in a Monty's)|
After this promising start to the day (raptors were EVERYWHERE) we moved onto Titchwell, hearing a Cetti's Warbler as soon as we stepped out of the visitors centre and then finding this obliging fellow just a short way down the path.
|First photo I took of the bird, the rest were useless!|
The Lagoons were a tad quiet today with only a couple of loafing Little Gulls standing out from the crowd and so we quickly moved onto the beach for an attempted seawatch that was quickly abandoned on the grounds that there was very little on/moving over the sea and so we focused on the mass of waders on the shoreline instead:
|Avocet - this was actually taken on the saltmarsh whilst John was attempting to molest a butterfly|
|How many species present??|
|Turnstones look immense at this time of year!|
|Snettisham mudlfats being all atmospheric and moody|
|Nene washes being a tad damper than anticipated. Hope the Corncrake brought their aqualungs!|
So by my count between the four of us we saw/heard 102 bird species today, two of which were lifers, not bad at all!