Promised to take my little girl swimming first thing so I didn't get out birding till late morning.
I went to Stifkey and firstly walked to the Whirly Gig, the wind was awful make seeing any birds very difficult. if you could find a sheltered spot then the birds would find it to, only problem was no sooner had a few Blackcaps come into view a walker would flush them back into cover.
Spent 1.5hrs near the Whirly Gig and only saw Goldcrest, Blackcap, Robin, Song Thrush and Redwing.
Did try the Woods but gave up as it was just to windy.
Windy enough for a seawatch though so next stop was Cley, the Shelter was sheltered and amazingly empty. Spent 2hrs see watching. We had 1 Sooty Shearwater, 2 Great Skua, 1 Arctic Skua, around 15 Little Gull, 5 Velvet Scoter, Some Kittiwake, 1 Med Gull, 1 Guillemot and loads of Gannets.
The Sea was so choppy you can clearly see waves bigger than Sheringham Cliffs
I was then headed homeward when I got the message about the Red-flanked Bluetail at Happisburgh. A great bird so close to home could not be turned down. It was a beaut. I love Red-flanked Bluetails they can do nothing wrong in my book. And a well done to Jim for the find and getting the news out.
The picture an video weren't that great but the rain that was then coming was enough to make be start building an ark.
SHETLAND HOLIDAY, Day Twelve!
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