Saturday, 26 October 2013

Holiday Day 2, Stifkey Marshes, Glossy Ibis, Dusky Warbler and Black Redstart

Headed for Stifkey on the 18th October, we arrived at the campsite at around dawn.
Migrants were clearly down on from earlier in the week although Redpoll were clearly on the move, the first birds seen flying over head were Redpoll and a total of 73 in the morning were counted flying west.
We walked west as far as the Warham Greens track seeing many Thrush's and Finch's.  Here are our totals in no particular order from the walk there and back, Fieldfare 14, Brambling 6, Crossbill 15, Redwing 130. Mistle Thrush 5, Chaffinch 64, Song Thrush 23, Robin 9, Blackbird 62, Blackcap 23, Skylark 25, Reed Bunting 19, Yellowhammer 13, Siskin 3 and Ring Ouzel 2.
Special note was a flock of 13 Blackcap moving through the hedgerow like a tit flock, we also got lucky with the 4 Glossy Ibis that flew past after we'd though we had missed them.

We got backed to the car got a drink and headed out into the marshes to check the gorse and few lone pines.  The walk out was good seeing Rock Pipit and Water Pipit but the bushes on the edge of the marsh weren't all that exciting, a handful of Redwing more of them dead than alive was all we saw, we believe the culprit to be the Peregrine that we saw eyeing up the wildfowl on the river.

On the walk back I captured this seen with a Little Egret, Greenshank and Redshank.

We then got back to that car when news of a Dusky Warbler at Weybourne had us heading that way, we arrived at Denmark House in time to see the release.

After this we went home via Glanford to see this wonderful male Black Redstart.

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