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Saturday 11 September 2010

Arctic Warbler - stunning views!!!


Birders watching the Arctic Warbler.

Andy Wilkinson & Justin Lansdell amongst the crowds.

Connor Rand & Ben Lewis watching the Arctic Warbler.

Arrived at Holme NOA carpark at 8.20am at the same time as Connor and Ray!

Stood with others to try and view the Arctic Warbler. Lovely views of a Spotted Flycatcher round the back of the pines. Had my first viewing of many, of the Arctic Warbler at 9.35am - awesome bird and got a half decent shot aswell! Incredibly difficult to photograph as you only got a few seconds viewing before it disappeared again! Around a hundred people watching the bird.

Arctic Warbler showing for a good 5 minutes in the sunshine!

Walked to Gore Point with Irene, Ray and Connor to try and see a reported Lapland Bunting but no luck, only a flock of 20+ linnets on the beach. Hobby also at 12.45pm. More views of the Arctic Warbler later on including it showing well in the sunshine continuously for a good 5 minutes. I then walked back through the observatory and sat in the middle hide on bank for a while, but no birds of note. Went to the Firs and showed Pat my Arctic Warbler picture and bought a bar of chocolate. Relocated the car to half way down the Firs road and walked around the NWT Forestry to find nothing but magpies!

The lagoon, looking towards Gore Point, Holme.

Blackberries and Rosehips.

Club Rushes, Forestry NWT, Holme.
Does anyone know the name of this grass please? Thanks Ken!

Went to Titchwell RSPB and walked to the Island Hide to have a look at the new banks/paths etc - it all looks very different! In the ladies loo! I found 3 moths which I photographed with the iphone: a Snout, Smoky Wainscot and Setaceons Hebrew Character (ID'd by Sophie Barker - thanks!).

The main embankment, Titchwell RSPB, Fen Trail to right.

Just to the right of Island Hide, Titchwell RSPB.

Looking back towards Fen Trail path, Titchwell RSPB.
(Fence posts are temporary as banks have been seeded and need to establish)

Cloud formations over Titchwell RSPB.

Thornham Harbour - along with Eddie Myers watched 9 Spoonbills at 6.20pm distantly in the channel.

Went back to Holme to attempt another viewing of the Arctic Warbler and pictures, but no luck. Took some sunset pictures and then ended up in Hunstanton for fish 'n' chips!

Sunset over the Broadwater at Holme Bird Observatory.


  1. Hey Penny, I reckon I spied you at Holme on Saturday. I reckon I was standing next to you at one stage whilst waiting for the Arctic Warbler to show. Apologies for not saying hello, I just didn't click. I'm looking forward to seeing your shots from Saturday.

  2. Hi Penny, looking at the 'grasses' they look like club-rushes (possibly Schoenoplectus (Scirpus) lacustris) which are part of the sedge family (Cyperaceae).