Wednesday, 1 November 2017

Yellow-browed at Hickling and Shag at Cromer, but no Caspian or Pallas'...

Norman, Linda and I decided to tour the coast, hovering up as many as the recent long-stayers as we could fit into a morning, starting off with the Pallas' Warbler at Waxham. A combination of very few birds and unfriendly locals made the decision to move to Hickling easier, especially since we heard - and distantly saw - a large group of Common Cranes over towards Stubb's Mill.

A|s we walked along the track to the Raptor / Crane watchpoint, we picked up a very mobile tit flock: mostly Long-tails, Blue Tits and Goldcrests, but in with them (and seen well two or three times) was a Yellow-browed Warbler: most welcome!

The watchpoint proved fairly unproductive, with just a few Redwings, Bullfinches and Marsh Harriers, so we decided to carry on to Ludham for refreshments and a visit to St Benet's Abbey. No Owls (nor any sign of Prunella and Tim!) so last move was to Cromer seafront. Lots of Herring Gulls (some looking quite interesting at first glance) but certainly no sign of the 1W Caspian that appears on Josh Jones' blog. We did find a Shag sat on a buoy, however, which was a welcome addition to the daylist.


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