Saturday, 16 October 2010
Seawatching at Cley, Lizards and another Pallas's Fix!!!
Glorious Sunshine all day!
Rolled up in the Cley beach carpark at a later time than intended (nothing new there!) and joined Connor, Billy and Simeon for a seawatch - we sat on the shingle amongst all the action!
My list between 11am and 12pm was: 4 Great Skuas 5 Red Throated Divers, 28 Gannets, 13 Common Scoter, 18 Auk sp., 31 Brent Geese, 3 Skylarks in off sea (S. picked up) and Redwings continuously flew over our heads. Connor, Billy and Simeon then left to go to Wareham and I went off to Walsey Hills.
Spent a long time here which was quite risky really as no phone signal, so no way of knowing if I was missing any thing good!!! One brambling by the feeders and another one calling in the back willows. Usual tit flock at the feeders. When I crept round the centre path I found several chiffchaffs and blackcaps, but not alot else. Stood by the willows at the back for ages hoping for something exciting but nothing more than a blackcap and the brambling calling. Photographed Common Darters that had settled on the alexandra leaves (see picture). The most exciting thing happened today - I noticed that there were several sand wasps around the railway sleepers up by the top of the steps, so went back to car and got the macro lens out - when I returned I noticed a lizard was basking in the sunshine, so naturally took some pictures. A bit later something magical happened. I noticed a shiny, beady, little eye peering out from the smallest hole in the wood - it was the lizard! and as I was photographing this, another beady little eye appeared - two lizards peeping out of the hole, priceless! Very sadly though for some reason I couldn't get both of them in focus (see pictures). Photographed a hoverfly aswell as the sand wasps and a ladybird.
Arrived here and parked the car opposite the middle track and walked down the track a few yards to join others watching the Pallas's Warbler in the top of the oak tree. It performed very differently to the Burnham Overy ones that I photographed - some record shots below. I was so unprepared for a Hen Harrier that flew right over all our heads at 4.50pm - by the time I got the camera on it, it was quite a way off. A barn owl was quartering the field distantly. Photographed chaffinches, robin and a hedge sparrow on the hawthorn bushes. Drove home.