A post-breakfast hour's run out to Horsey allowed Linda and me reasonable views of a solitary Cattle Egret just south of the windpump. It flew around a few times, but spent long periods out of sight. Carrying on to buy some veg at the farm shop near Sea Palling, we came across a mixed herd of swans: Whoopers, Bewick's and Mutes.
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Monday, 29 November 2021
Sunday, 28 November 2021
Don't get excited: not a Brunnich's or White-billed Diver! Believe it or not, despite having spent quite a few hours sea watching, this adult Kittiwake was the first of the species I've seen this year. Similarly: not having made any trips to Wales or the Farnes, the Puffin that flew west at 4.00 was another addition to a poor year-list.
The large flock of Brents were in between Cley and Salthouse, as we drove back from lunch in Holt. No sign of the reported Black Brant (but I expect it was in there somewhere!)
From their excellent blog, I discovered that Anne and Pam were in the Shelters: if I'd known, I'd have taken them some hot chocolate!
No visit to Sheringham at this time of the year is complete without a Purple Sandpiper or two: today there were three! Once again there was only a sparse sea passage, but I did manage a Little Auk!
Shout out to a couple of young Cambridge birders: they pointed out the Purps and - in stark contrast to some of the nearby locals - were chatty and friendly: they'd seen the Brunnich's yesterday!
Saturday, 27 November 2021
Linda and I are staying in a terrific apartment on the front at Sheringham: just for a couple of nights, but it's become a regular event. The balcony has uninterrupted sea views and - despite the cold - we spent three hours looking out towards the wind farms. There were some good 'fly-bys', but almost everything was telescopic, with only a couple of Gannets close enough for photos. Highlights so far have been a probable Sooty Shearwater, two Red-necked Grebes and two Black-throated Divers (or perhaps the same one east and then west!). Only a handful of Auks, which seems surprising...
Friday, 26 November 2021
Thursday, 25 November 2021
A snatched morning out for Brian and me found us at the Cley Coastguards in time to see the long-staying Black Guillemot drifting rapidly eastwards. An hour's seawatch added a few odds and ends: Golden Plovers, Ringed Plovers, Eiders, a single Scoter and Dunlin, while the Serpentine held a family group of Whooper Swans. A flock of Brents that landed on Cricket Marsh seemed to have a Black Brant with them.A walk out to the Jordan hide at Holkham wasn't too productive: a decent tit flock and a pair of Great Egrets were the highlights.