Friday, 4 January 2019

Scaup, Long-tailed Duck and Goldeneye at Barton Broad, followed by a Glaucous Gull at Wells

Linda and I fancied a bit of a walk, so we decided to investigate Barton Broad from the viewing platform near Neatishead. This proved to be very productive, with a female Long-tailed Duck, three Scaup and a couple of dozen Goldeneye. Marsh Harrier was new for the year, as was Bullfinch. A chance chat with some old acquaintances (and the need to add another couple of miles to top up our five miles a day regime) sent us across country to Wells. After lunch, we walked out to the outer harbour, adding Grey Plover, Greenshank and Red Kite to the list. We eventually saw the immature Glaucous Gull (with a little help from those already 'on' the bird) Although it was somewhat distant, it was, as always, hyperdistinctive. Great to chat with a delightful couple from Darlington, as well as a number of more familiar faces!


Calvin said...

Hi David & Linda, it was lovely to meet you both at Wells, whilst looking for the Glaucous Gull. We both really enjoyed your humour and after reading your blog are not surprised that your have both seen so many birds. I was impressed with Linda and her keen eye in helping me with my year list by spotting the far off Red Kite. Hopefully, we will meet up again on our birding travels when we return to Norfolk?

Good birding to you both!

Calvin & Jan

David said...

Hi Calvin & Jan!
It was lovely to meet you two as well: made us feel quite nostalgic chatting about the Farnes and other places we'd all visited!
Hope to bump into you again soon!