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Thursday, 19 November 2009

Lean Pickings

Having a day off work today, I started at Ness Point where 4 Purple Sandpipers fed, bathed and had forty winks on the rocks at the base of the "finger" that juts out to sea. Always nice to see, I was amazed to see 2 birdwatchers just walk past without even looking!
Even though there was a strong southerly breeze nothing was moving out to sea. Finally 5 Turnstones flew in.
In the parks, a Grey Wagtail was seen briefly perched on the main path in Arnold's walk before it flew down to the stream where it perched for a while on a rock. I then saw "chatty" Paul from Norwich (who wanted to see a Firecrest, should have been here last Sunday, Paul!) and we then made our way through Sparrow's Nest (1 Goldcrest seen) , Flycatcher Alley, N.Denes, Links rd car park, North Beach, Warren House Wood & Gunton Warren seeing just a few flocks of Long- tailed Tits, Blue & Great Tits, 2 Jays north of Warren House Wood. The Gull flock on the Links rd carpark comprised Black- headed gulls, Common & 2 Herring Gulls but nothing else.
Walking back past the Oval along Flycatcher Alley we spied through the wall a close female Green Woodpecker feeding amongst the tussocky grass.
Back in Sparrow's Nest, Goldcrests were heard and several Chaffinches were seen.


Paul Woolnough said...

The grey wag below the lighthouse was probably the first for me in the town: 19 Nov 2009.
Suffolk list 308 checked
Minsmere list 189 checked
Lothingland List 189 (same as Minsmere)to be checked

Peter Ransome said...

Thanks Paul,
A very creditable Suffolk total, especially for a Norfolk birder.