We left my house at 4:30am on the Saturday and picked Ed up on the way – getting to Cley for 6:40am.
It was extremely windy and the sea was rather rough so we were hopeful. The only worry was the wind direction as it was offshore. We still enjoyed good views of a bonxie and arctic skua. It was amazing to see so many red throated diver too – we had easily 25+ sightings over the 2 days. It was exciting to see quite a few birds coming in off too. With a few snipe, pink footed geese, wigeon and a peregrine which had a little go at a gull as it arrived.
Some pics from the sea watch:
We then decided to search Holkham pines for firecrest and yellow browed warb. Unfortunately we were unsuccessful on the YBW front but had fantastic views of firecrest. It was gloomy in the wood but with ISO 800 I managed to get a few shots of the FC I’m happy with (but a shame about that bloody green leaf in the way!!!):
After fish and chips from Wells we headed to Lady Ann’s drive to search more woodland. Nothing more of note here but a good 15 minute nap was had in the hide there until someone else arrived and we had to get up!!
Next stop was Tichwell RSPB where we bolted straight to Fen hide after hearing that a jack snipe was showing well. These guys will have probably only just come in off the sea in the past few days and were feeding frantically just in front of the hide. Despite looking down on them I got a few shots I’m happy with – such pretty birds:
On the walk back we noticed a small brown finch flying along the beach and our first thought was twite. After some waiting and stalking we finally got good enough views to confirm it was indeed a twite!! Terrible record shot:
We headed back to the hostel to dry off and get some food before bed.
On the drive home we checked birdguides and found that there was a buff breasted sandpiper and a glossy ibis on Paxton pits - GREAT we were going down the A1 anyway!! So we popped in and connected with both birds. The ibis was milling about right in front of us but the clouds meant no great colour in the bird was going to be captured:
It was a fantastic weekend and I can’t wait till we get some north easterlies – I’ll be shooting over there again no doubt!!