All day the sky remained sullen and grey and photography was hardly possible. The ISO Elis had to use was so high the pics were not too exciting. In the car park at Titchwell first thing we heard a great Spotted Woodpecker call, but we never saw it.
|Dark-bellied Brent Geese|
The fun really started when we hit the beach, after we'd scoured the waders we paid more attention to the sea. The first bird we found was a Common Scoter, followed swiftly by some Great-crested Grebes and a Red-necked Grebe and then a Velvet Scoter. A bit further along we came across a female Goldeneye and a fly past Red-breasted Merganser plus a single Razorbill loafing on the sea.
|Birders gathering on Titchwell beach, but not for waders.|
On the way back to a cup of tea and a cheese scone we had the now obligatory Little Egret, a distant Marsh Harrier and another heard only; Bearded Tit. We did manage to upgrade the earlier heard Cetti's to seen though.
We followed the visit to Titchwell with one to Cley where we went and saw one of the two White-rumped Sandpipers, but the bonus bird was along the coast a bit at Salthouse, where we went to look for the Shore Lark that had been seen there.
|The sun did come out for the briefest of moments, but only served to |
highlight the glowering skies behind!
|Mr Grumpy dreaming of tropical beaches|
The other two birders were preparing to leave but asked why I had returned, I told them of Elis' sighting and then set off to look with renewed enthusiasm, they however cowered from the wind in their car.
After a bit of fruitless searching a movement caught my eye and as I slammed my bins on the bird in flight it landed and sat bolt upright. Facing me was a stunning Shore Lark. I called Elis over and waved to the other birders, suddenly about 6 people appeared from cars, lazy buggers, and everyone enjoyed the Shore lark, even if it was a little distant.
|There is a Shore Lark there in the middle... honest!|
After this we returned home.