Tuesday, 8 June 2010

Norfolk - Such a Wonderful Venue

The weekend was originally dedicated as a non-birding weekend as had much to do around the house and in the garden. This plan failed as soon as news of the Black-Winged Stilts at Titchwell turned up on Saturday. It took longer than I had hoped to get there as traffic was controlled by hot weather, beach going, gremlins. But I made it and sure enough was lucky enough to see all 5 Black-winged Stilts. I waited 30mins before Adam and James made it and then hung around for another 30mins before I could feel my skin cooking in the sun

Saw some moths at the visitor centre including Privet Hawk, Popular Hawk, a yellow one, a green one, a brown one and one that looks like a stick.
Sunday was birding left to late, Due to family comitments I didn't arrive at the Car Park until 7.40 something it was pouring with rain but the skies beyond looked brighter. With some fast walking and some running I was at Long Hills by 8.15 no sign of any birders meant I had my work cut out, their is alot of Suaeda at Long Hills and with the time of year any type of flushing is a big no. I walked all around the main paths until dark but only found Meadow Pipits. Had planned to go the next morning but pulled my Hamstring triping on some rocks on the walk back so rest was needed. To be fair I thought I was a bit nuts going at that time but I met 2 Fisherman who were staying at Halfway House on the walk out and then on the way back he said did you see it? No I replied. He then told me about a man who he saw at least 30mins after me who was cold and soaked through came up to them and said about the Subalpine Warbler and told them he had caught trains and a bus to Blakeney and then swam the creek to get there - now thats dedication.

Monday's Birding was quick and simple went to Ranworth saw the Black Tern.
Tuesday's Birding - not great missed Blue-winged Teal at Cley- was not there at all.
But for Norfolk four days 7 Great Birds (5 Stilts, Subalpine, BW Teal) and one good bird (Black Tern) only here (and Shetland) could it happen.

1 comment:

  1. I was really hoping that teal would stick around, its high up on my "want to see" list. Yellow moth = Buff Ermine, Green Moth = Light Emerald and stick moth = Pale Prominent. I don't know what the brown one you saw was!