Thank you Donna

After the excitement of our magical day yesterday we spent another lovely night at Dunedin Country House and this time we had no alarm set so we got up to a leisurely breakfast! It was a dingy, grey somewhat wet morning but we knew the forecast was for it to improve and to be better further south. We left the Siberian accentor behind for, I imagine many more birders to enjoy this weekend.

We had never been to Donna Nook in Lincolnshire before but that was where we headed for. I really hoped to conect with a bird that had been reported there yesterday, this beauty, do you know what it is yet?  img_1036-red-flanked-bluetail

By the time we got there the rain had gone and it was much brighter, excellent. It didn’t take long to locate the bird a Red-flanked bluetail and get a few shots but sadly the light wasn’t good.

Most people were waiting patiently for the bird to return after it regularly popped out of view but unfortunatlly a couple of people pursued it rather too closely so it went out of sight for a while. We went of for a walk seeing some different parts of Donna Nook. A Rose-coloured starling had been seen earlier amongst the thousands of starling on the mud flats, but we couldnt find it, nor anyone else whilst we were there.

On our walk we saw, as yesterday, loads of Robins and Goldcrests, a Firecrest, Blackcap, Redwings plus this Fieldfare enjoying some berries!

Back to the car for lunch, I won’t tell you what we had for fear of making you envious! What to do next was the question? Ian was fancying a snooze before the rest of the journey so whilst he did that I returned for a second look at the Red-flanked bluetail and I was so pleased that I did!

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What did they call me?!!!

Someone has sugested to me that we had gone a long was to see a bird that looked like a funny sparrow   (it was said in a very light hearted fashion) what a way to talk about a Siberian accentor!  I even had a comment from another birder calling it an LBJ! I hope they might think this bird looks rather special and worth the journey.

 

What a beauty and this time so much more co-opperate!

Our first visit to Donna Nook and we felt well rewarded. If they get many birds like this one we will be back for sure!

We headed for home after a fabulous couple of days away. We have met some smashing people including a group from Burnley and a chap sporting a rather grand beard! Back up to the Norfolk coast I think over the next day or two as there are still some interesting things lurking!

Well we now stand at 249 for our bird list so I am wondering what might make it a round 250…watch this space.

One thing leads to another

After a quiet day  catching up with post, photos etc we headed off to spend the evening with my sister and brother-in-law, Janice and Chris. We had a lovely meal and after a very relaxed evening we spent the night there which meant we were closer to the coast to go birding in the morning.

Surprisingly we had our first visit of the year to Salthouse, it is surprising as it has long been one of my favourite place. Sadly the power of the sea has changed the shape of Salthouse tremendously.  These photos show what used to be the carpark being enjoyed by some Turnstones! Can you see along the fence line short bits of wood sticking above the gravel? They are the old fence posts now almost covered by stones as the sea wall has almost flattened.

We saw a lovely pair of Stonechats and a flock of Siskin but very little else. None the less we enjoyed the walk albeit that we were somewhat cold!

There were no special birds along the coast that we wanted to see so we thought we would go back to Brancaster Staithe and Titchwell to see what we might find. The Brent geese were very obliging at Brancaster and came along just in front of the car.

 

We went on to Titchwell where the wind had whipped up bringing with it quite a chill! There were lots of Brent geese there too and we were pleased to see the Avocet there. We were pleased to hear that there is a Kingfisher that shows really well there but unfortunately we weren’t lucky enough to see it, maybe next time.

We walked on thinking when we arrived at the beach we might turn back quickly but actually it was, if anything slightly less cold than on the way. The sea was too choppy to sea much on it, we did see Scoters but nothing else. The shoreline was another matter, really busy with Oystercatchers, Godwits, Dunlin, Sanderling and more!

It was just  beach was so crowded!!!IMG_9664 (Custom)We said goodbye to Titchwell having had a really enjoyable walk and began the drive home. I spotted a deer running in a field and fortunately we were able to pull over on the edge of the field. We had never seen deer behaving quite like this one; it was running around the very edge of like its life depended on it! I imagined a gym teacher telling it to do five circuits around!

But the deer led on to other things, as we watched him we saw not one hare but several. Frolicing and chasing then just flaking out looking exhausted. They were quite distant but it may be worth going there again to see if they come in any closer.IMG_9684 hares (Custom)

So the deer led to us seeing the hare but then I spotted lots of Fieldfare quite close to the car! They were lovely and I was so pleased to get some pictures as I usually find they fly off as soon as I pull over and pick a camera up.

Briefly a Kestral hovered over the field so one thing led to another  and then two more!

We made one more stop before going home hoping to see some Bean geese, no luck today but we will try again soon. Another good day and oh  I nearly forgot to say we had a new moth, a Hebrew character. I am expecting the moths to pick up soon as the weather warms up so watch this space!

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