Headed up to Westhay Moor this evening, a site I haven't visited in several years. The highlights included a single flyover Cattle Egret, 2 Great White Egrets and singles of Marsh Harrier, Treecreeper and Kingfisher.
Headed to Swaffham Forest this morning hoping to find a willow tit, however no luck.
Chiffchaffs - Swaffham Forest
Headed to Sculphorpe Moor again this afternoon, a site I used to visit a few times annually. A flyover Green Sandpiper was the highlight, but I also had singles of Hobby and Sparrowhawk, several Marsh Tits, Nuthatches and 3 Bullfinches.
Had a look at Titchwell this afternoon in an attempt to get a few more year ticks. First had a look from the Island Hide and had 10 Spoonbills, 3 Spotted Redshanks and a Little Gull.
Spoonbills - Titchwell
Little Gull - Titchwell
Spotted Redshank - Titchwell
Ruff - Titchwell
Lapwing - Titchwell
I walked onto the beach and a look out to sea produced little more than a single Little Tern. Whilst walking back towards the fresh marsh, another 2 Spoonbills flew over. From the Parrinder Hide, I added singles of Wood Sandpiper, Little Ringed Plover and Yellow Wagtail.
Drove from Norfolk up to Far Ings in Lincolnshire this morning, where the juvenile White-Winged Tern was showing on arrival. It was distant most of the time I was there, but I'm just glad to have finally caught up with this species.
White-Winged Tern - Far Ings
Had a look at Cley this evening from Dauke's Hide, where my target bird was showing on arrival: a juvenile Caspian Gull. Over the next couple hours, it was joined by an adult Caspian Gull, an adult Yellow-Legged Gull and a single Med Gull. I also had a male Bearded Reedling in front of the hide and flushed a Barn Owl by the car park.
Adult and Juvenile Caspian Gulls - Cley
Adult Yellow-Legged Gull with the juv Caspian Gull - Cley
Headed up to Norfolk today to visit relatives, and had a Red Kite from the M25 on the way up. Stopped off at the Ouse Washes to look for the red-necked phal, but there had been no sign all day. An hours visit produced plenty of compensation, including a juvenile Cuckoo, Garganey, Hobby, 2 Kingfishers, plenty of Yellow Wagtails and Ruffs and my first Clouded Yellow of the year.
Went out to Sutton Bingham this evening, the first time I've been birding in almost 2 weeks. I was hoping to connect with the yellow-legged gull, however there was no sign of it from the causeway. It was raining quite heavily, so I didn't stay too long, however I did note 2 Little Egrets and a single Great Black-Backed Gull.
Walked back into my street today and was surprised to find a female Kestrel sat on a lamp post! The species tends to be a bit commoner around south Yeovil, but generally it's still rarer in Yeovil than either Hobby or Peregrine. This bird is also the further from the outskirts than any other Kestrel I've seen in Yeovil so this was quite a surprising addition to the patch year list!
Headed down to Ferrybridge this afternoon to connect with the pair of Roseate Terns, a species I haven't seen since 2010! A scan on arrival produced nothing, however the two birds then flew in over my head and landed on the mud. Great to get to grips with this species again. Also of note were plenty of Little Terns and Med Gulls.
After news breaking last night of the marsh sand at Cliffe Pools in Kent, I set off at 4:30 after work. The journey was fairly uneventful, with 30 minute hold ups on the M3 and M25 (also a single Red Kite from the car window). I parked at the top of Cliffe and walked to the pool which took a further 25 minutes. I finally met Cliff and a couple other birders at the site at 8:30pm, and after a bit of confusion about which pool the bird was on, I eventually connected with the MARSH SANDPIPER. It was incredibly distant, and it wasn't until it re-emerged that I could really get to grips with it, it was much smaller, paler and more elegant than the surrounding Redshanks, and had pretty long legs (just about visible in the first shot below). When it stretched it's neck, it had a very stilt-like appearance. Also present were the 2 families of BLACK-WINGED STILTS (I counted at least 4 adults and 5 juveniles, but there were no doubt more) and a Little Ringed Plover. We all hitched a lift with an RPSB warden back to our cars, and after a quick bite to eat I set off home at 10pm. Due to multiple road closures, I didn't get back home until after 2am. Very glad I went, but I think I'll have to give second thoughts before doing any more twitching via the M25 at that time of night!