Shortly after nine I was on my way down to Sheringham Bird Observatory where a mystery mimicking warbler was reported to be singing (later turned out to be a Sedge Warbler!) when I got a call from Ian Prentice " I've got a Red-rumped Swallow at West Runton, now!" A quick detour around the back of Sheringham and I was in Runton - the bird had drifted off east! After a few minutes I picked up the distinctive shape of a 'wire'-tailed swallow with an off white rump, sure enough it was a fabulous RED -RUMPED SWALLOW ( from the Med!) We watched it unfortunately against the sun before once again it drifted off. It was at this point I made a wrong decision, with an Alpine Swift (from...the Med) had just been reported in Cromer. We saw a few Alpine Swifts in Spain a couple of weekends ago but a potential Marsh Warbler (which is what we thought was at SBO) appealed a little more...DOH! After lunch I decided to shoot through to Cromer but missed the swift by half an hour, with two Wheatears around some terrace chimneys and a couple of Hobbies being the only birds of note. Back home and a pair of Stock Dove have plucked up enough courage to come and feed on my neighbours lawn affording some good veiws of these fine looking birds. It eventually started raining at 1430!
GYL 97 Grey Partridge