Notes on birds & wildlife from an east coast birder, wildlife enthusiast & photographer
Thursday, 5 April 2012
Shore Larks at the Pits
Early morning there was a Song Thrush feeding at the back of the garden running left at the back. A very enjoyable evening at Benacre/ Kessingland today, as I travelled there straight after work following Carl's discovery of the above in the late morning. There were no other birders present and the dog walkers were relatively unobtrusive too. As I walked along Kessingland Dunes groups of around 60 Linnet were seen bathed in the golden hue of the evening sun. Reaching the flat stony area just north of the watery inland pit just looking east of here were 3Wheatears, 1 male and 2 females. A crow proved to be a hybrid Hooded X Carrion Crow probably one quarter Hoodie. The hybrid crow spent a lot of time perched on a bush and the top of the ridge and then the telegraph pole too. Just beyond the ridge on the grassy path, I spied the excellent trio of Shore larks all 3 were very smart with yellow and black horned faces with particular their smart gingery napes, so they were fully into their spring finery. They were running left along the path at 6.30pm, but a dog walker flushed them and they flew disappeared for a while and then suddenly from nowhere the excellent singing Shore Larks (an excellent high pitched flutey type song) flew in and settled on the flat stony ground just north of the Pit. One was sat just in front of the other 2, but they then flew up and flew toward the beach. I left and then walked back along Kessingland Dunes and saw the excellent trio of Shore Larks on the grassy dunes of Kessingland Dunes half way back along the Dunes east of Kessingland Beach caravan park at 7.05pm. They fed here for a while before a family walking south flushed the birds and they (the Shore Larks) appeared to fly north a little way.