Sunday, 8 May 2016

Black-winged Stilt and other goodies

On Friday had a pre-work visit to Whitlingham with Lys.

It was a lovely stroll around the Great Broad with some great view of some birds you don't always see that well.

We recorded 39 species in the hour we were there. 

Here are the pictures of some. 

Greylag and Goslings

Egyptian Goose and Goslings

Grey Heron

A rather showy Garden Warbler

And a incredibly showy Cetti's Warbler

Of interest this mixed singing Willow Warbler was still present in the Little Broad Car Park.

Saturday news of birds turning up got me headed out. First stop was at Salthouse in the hope of seeing Wood Sandpiper no luck by the Iron Road but 4 rather smart Ruff were around.

As well as this Whimbrel.

Next stop Cley NWT, walking down to the hide was great to see a large number of House Martins over head.

This Sedge Warbler was also really happy singing in his little bush.

Though he was keeping his eyes to the sky, couldn't see why though.

Bearded Tits and Reed Warblers were also all around before reaching the hide.

From the hide Black-tailed Godwits were showing really well.

As were the Avocets.

Other birds around were Ringed Plover, Dunlin and Wheatear.

Bit the prize bird was this female Black-winged Stilt, a little distant so a bit hazy but great to see never the less.

After that I headed home and went out in the afternoon to Waxham the dune bushes were quiet but the beach had some very showy birds.

Including this Sanderling.

And a pair of Ringed Plover

And what is probably the best picture I have taken this year, a Little Tern