At Cley itself I managed to get quite a few decent birds. 4 Little tern flew right over the pathway above Our heads. 2 Temmink's Stint and 5 Little Stint were seen from the coastal hide. But the Best bird (in My opinion) was a Manx Shearwater that I saw from the Pebble dune, during a brief Sea Watch. Manxie has been on my top 10 Must since I really began properly Birding, so to see one finally, gave such a good feeling
A check that night for Nightjar at Salthouse Heath produced Fruitless except my fist British Nightingale.
30th May 2007
Today produced possibly one of my best moments in Birding. At the end of a, well, rubbish Sea Watch, I had a walk up to Beeston Bump, a small coastal Hill to the East of Sheringham. At 07.05 I decided to head back to the Guest House. I suddenly noticed a small passerine on a Bush, that was not a Sparrow. In fact, it was a female Common Rosefinch! Not only my first find of this bird, my first ever Rosefinch! The Bird showed Briefly 3 times until 07.54 when it was not found again, despeit myself, Margaret and her Husband Brian Breaks.
Above: A poor Record shot of female Common Rosefinch - Sheringham
Nothing much else happened Bird wise that day except, that evening when I actually got to see the Nightjars, my 10th Lifer of the trip!
1st June 2007
above: Common Lizard - Titchwell
Our first stop was Titchwell RSPB where in the First Hide, we got decent views of 4 Bearded Tit, and also a Cuckoo, which sang whilst flying by and then landed on a tree. Also at this site was a few Common Lizard and 24 Little Gull(22 of which were 1st summer)
After this I got a text from Margaret telling me about a male Woodchat Shrike at Holme NOA. Again, being close I could not refuse. On Arrival the bird could well have been a kilometer away! but Scope views were ok, as this was my first adult. Also at this site i found my first Turtle Doves.
Final stop on the way back home was at Great Ryburgh Raptor Watchpoint, just to the east of Fakenham. This produced straight away with what I thought was a Dark Morph Honey Buzzard, but has subsequently been ID'd as a Common Buzzard. What do you think?Possible Honey Buzzard but ID'd as Common - Great Ryburgh.
2nd June 2007
Today we headed home and not much Birding was done, but now was time to look back at the trip.
21 added to the Year list.