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Sunday, 18 September 2011

Seawatching Bonanza!!!

A beautiful, sunny morning. Arrived at Coastguards at 7am and the shelter was already full! The sea didn't look that exciting, but we had a few surprises in our three hour stint!

Bird of the day was a LAPLAND BUNTING that Eddie locked on to, when it whizzed west past Coastguards!


Cley Coastguards - 7am to 10am

7 Arctic Skuas
2 Bonxies
28 Red-throated Divers
7 Little Gulls
19 Eiders east
7 Shelduck
12 Common Scoter
11 Wigeon west
4 Teal
1 Knot
1 Redshank
1 Lapland Bunting west at 9.20am - flew across to shingle just west of the BP sign and then flew back east to the Eye Field.
Swift circling above with house martins and swallows at 9.48am
Tons of Swallows going west continuously for 3 hours at least.

Eye Field

1 Whinchat on fence 7.59am (ETM)
1 Peregrine west at 8.13am (me, a nano of a second before ETM!)
1 Hobby west at 8.25am (ETM)

Cley Visitor Centre - teabreak.

Walsey Hills NOA

3 male Blackcaps in the bottom Willows.

Eye Field - Wheatear.

Teal Hide, NWT - mid afternoon
Juv Swallow sitting on fence being fed by parents - cute! A Weasel which Eddie spotted and then squeaked out - it sprinted along the bottom of the fence, right in front of my camera! As soon as I fired the shutter it sprinted back the same way!

Cley Visitor Centre - Stem Ginger Ice-cream.

Gramborough Hill
Stonechat and a flock of Goldfinches. 100+ Linnets on the shingle ridge just west of Beach Road.

North Scrape - 6.15pm

200+ Pinkfeet flying east. 5 juv. Curlew Sands amongst usual waders, but no sign of the Pectoral Sandpiper reported earlier today.

END OF HOLIDAY!

PICTURES TO BE ADDED

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