Tuesday, 16 October 2018

Tentative walk at Buckenham Marsh

I really have been rather unwell for a week or so: the weekend at the IAS knocked me right back. Today I felt I should take some exercise, so I made the short walk from Buckenham Station to the hide and back. It was a glorious afternoon and the raptors were out in force: Buzzards, Red Kites, Kestrels, Sparrowhawks and Marsh Harriers were much in evidence. One of the Buzzards had a white undertail: it looked a lot like a Rough-leg...

A flock of Redwings flew over and half a dozen Ruff dropped onto the scrape: no sign of the Pec Sands while I was there, though.Skein after skein of Pink-footed geese wiffled down onto the marsh: always a great thing to see.

















8 comments:

Harry Bennett said...

Nice rough leg David

David said...

Thanks Harry!

Harry Bennett said...

You always seems to come across really good birds David, I'm so jealous. What would you say have been some of your best finds in Norfolk? Keep up the good work, always love reading your blog over my morning coffee

David said...

Hi Harry!
That's kind of you!
I suppose my best 'finds' have been a Black-browed Albatross at Salthouse in 1986, a Lanceolated Warbler at Warham Greens and a Ring-billed Gull at Cley (I think it was the 2nd or 3rd for Norfolk.) As well as these - which were all seen by numerous other experienced birders - I've found several Red-backed and Great Grey Shrikes, Pallas' Warbler etc etc.
Maybe we'll meet up on the North Coast some day!

Richard M said...

Hello David,

What year was the Lancy? I don't recall that coming through the BBRC or submitted to the committee? I remember the Rosy Pastor - Broadland F&C if I recall correctly.

Best

David said...

Hi Richard!
The Lancie was back in the 80's: quite a few people saw it after Bob Walker, Martin Reed, Linda and I found it: at one point it was creeping around in the grass at our feet for five minutes or so. No mobile phones in those days: we rang it in and left a notice on a piece of plywood by the path.
We rarely reported birds in those days: the RBG appeared in the Bird Report as 'MG et al' after we showed it to him!

Harry Bennett said...

Be amazing if you put some of your old rare bird films on YouTube, David!

David said...

I still have all the master tapes and original mini-cassettes: trouble is, we produced the 'annuals' as VHS tapes! In theory, my VHS player can copy onto DVD - I'll see if I can work out how to do it!
There are some pretty amazing birds on the tapes....