Saturday, March 10, 2007

Sheringham Bird Observatory

Down here this morning, bright but chilly with a keen south-westerly breeze. Things were fairly quiet until Rob Lee and Dave Appleton rang to say that between our position near the cliff and their's on the opposite side of the field was a Red Kite flying towards us! Sure enough one of my favorite British birds drifted by close going west but alas looking into the sun, but still a great sight whatever. Other birds of note:
Merlin- 1 seen on a couple of occations including siting in a field (though distant)
Eider- 10 east
Great-crested Grebe 1 west
Ringed Plover- 2 west

Red Kite courtesy of Rob Lee
In the afternoon a walk up the track found the newly ploughed field to be heaving with gulls (Black-headed and Common) about fifty Starling, 20 Lapwing and 7 Pied Wagtail. In with the later were at least 2 White wagtail, one a handsome (presumed) male, I had unforgivably left my camera at home, typical! Whilst grilling the wagtails a Common Buzzard moved west and like the Kite appeared to be a genuine migrant.

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