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Wednesday, 24 October 2018

Stejneger's Stonechat?

Brian, Norman and I took a run up to the north coast, stopping first at the Beach Car Park for close views of Gannets of various ages, but no sign of any Snow Buntings or owls. I somehow managed to miss four Bonxies: perhaps they were just too far out...

From the Coastguards we moved round to Meadow Lane, Salthouse (parking by the duckpond) for somewhat distant but prolonged views of the eastern race Stonechat that's been present for a few days. I have to say: it was a delightful little bird, with plenty of the typical big-eyed chat cuteness!

After coffee and scones (and a Peregrine chasing Teal over the reserve), we carried on westwards to Holkham. Lots of Pink-feet along Lady Anne's Drive, but best of all was a covey of nine Grey Partridges right by the verge! The trudge out to the Jordan Hide added nothing, but we did connect with the distant Black Redstart around the new scrape.

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