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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.

2 comments:

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.