Tuesday, May 24, 2005

Trumping about, 21-22/5

Another May weekend comes to pass, and despite southerly(ish) winds, there wasn't really much about. Still, it was an improvement from recent weeks. News came early on the Saturday of a Purple Heron at Cley, although no further sign was half-expected. However dipped on it by two minutes in the evening.

The other exciting news that came in on Saturday was of a Trumpeter Finch in Suffolk - however no chance of getting for it until Sunday.

Saturday started well with Honey Buzzards at Great Ryburgh, then a Woodchat Shrike in the rain (lifer) at Cromer.


Woodchat Shrike, Cromer, Norfolk © Josh Jones

Salthouse produced a Little Stint in the massive thunderstorm, and then what was easily the biggest shock of the day - a pale phase Pomarine Skua at middle distance of Titchwell in the evening!
However, a dip on the 1st-summer Purple Heron at Cley dampened things a bit.

And so Sunday dawned. We didn't set off from the cottage until 10, heading down to Landguard NR in Suffolk for the Trumpeter Finch. And what a bird! By the looks of things it had been showing very well on Saturday, but it kept distant on Sunday, with only a poor record taken at distance and strong winds:


Trumpeter Finch, Landguard NR, Suffolk © Josh Jones

Finally, a breckland wood revealed Willow Tit for the year on the way home, but a dip on Stone Curlews means another trip will be have to made specially for them. Overall, a good weekend - 6 year ticks and 2 lifers ain't bad!

Josh

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