All things being equall

March 21st the spring equinox (give or take a day!) and the day has been an equal mix of success and failure! I considered going down to Stonehenge to dance as the sun rose but then I thought…NO! Instead we checked the moth trap and went out birding. We began by trying again for Bean goose but we had no luck we did however get a tick later in the day.

On our journey we spotted a pair of hares in a field, we watched them for a while but they didn’t provide much excitement, they seemed to be taking the day in a very relaxed fashion! IMG_9842 (Custom)

 

It was a brighter day than we had expected so we were pleased we had headed up to the coast. First to Thornham and what I can only describe as a very fresh walk along the sea wall. Redshanks and Curlew seem to be doing particularly well there apparently enjoying them selves in the mud. I thought we might find a rare wader that had got lost and taken refuge at Thornahm but not today!!!

A lone Avocet was snoozing in the water and an Oystercatcher posed on the muddy bank.

Titchwell beckoned us and the allure of coffee was strong. it seems impossible to visit this site without being welcomed by a Robin, today was no exception.IMG_9898 (Custom)

The day had warmed up quite a bit and we decided to just walk down to the first hide concentrating on the reeds and  hoping for a year tick. We got the very bird we had hoped for, a Bearded tit, first it flew low and fast but enough to Id it. But then I spotted him low down in the reeds before he came out a clearly flew across the reeds, sadly not to be seen again! Bird number 159 brilliant!

Mission accomplished, that was the bird we were after there today so we just enjoyed a walk then were just going go to leave for Brancaster and a late lunch. On our was back to the car we got a good view of this Water rail, of course twigs and grasses spoilt photo opportunities.

We were nearly back at the car when we spotted a trio of Siskin feeding amonst the fallen leaves.

Lunch at Brancaster Staithe is becoming quite a habit and a very enjoyable one too! There are always birds to entertain us while we eat, today stars were Red-breasted merganser.

Another good day that although it began with a new moth I am saving that for another day. I had thought at one time I might be writing about moths tonight but that was before bird 159 flew in 🙂

 

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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