Wednesday, 19 April 2017

North Coast: Dartfords, Ouzels and winter geese!

Norman, Brian and I made an earlyish start and were at a well-known heath on the North Coast by around eight o'clock. Despite the frost still on the ground, it was a warm day and the Woodlarks and Dartfords sang and flew around, although never near enough for photography in the heat haze! A Buzzard and Rook put on an aerial show, at the end of which the Buzzard emerged triumphant. Other birds included five distant Ring Ouzels, lots of Linnets and a few Stonechats.

After coffee at Cley we carried on to Burnham Overy Staithe, from where we walked out to Gun Hill. At least five more Ring Ouzels shimmered in the heat haze, while Sedge Warblers and Wheatears performed obligingly. Still lots of Brents and Pinkfeet: I imagine many of the former will over-Summer out in the Wash.

And so home to cut the lawn!

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