Wednesday, 28 August 2013

Norfolk Stars Again........Lifer plus Year Tick

4 Curlew Sandpipers at Cley in  2011.

Taking advantage of the bank holiday weekend i  headed to Norfolk on Sunday 25th August with several target birds on offer , i called into Cley by the Teal hide in the hope of connecting with Icterine Warbler, there was already a small gathering of birders at this site , the Icky was being very elusive , i was fairly certain i saw it fly to a small bush south of the willows , however i did not get enough of it to be sure , after a while i headed into the hides and had some great views of 16 + Curlew Sandpipers , these are really smart little waders .

Black Tailed Godwit.

The above Black Tailed Godwit showed well close to the hide .   

Wryneck at Salthouse.

I decided to head to Salthouse and hopefully see the Wryneck that had been there all morning and after about half an hour i connected with this super bird , it was perched on a fence post for a short while before landing on the ground feeding on ants .

Another pic of the Wryneck .

I added several migrants from here including 2 Whinchats , Spotted Flycatcher and a single Pied Flycatcher. .After some lunch i decided to head to Burnham Overy Staith as there had been a Greenish Warbler reported there , well after a 2 mile walk i was on site and within minutes i was having fantastic views of this amazing Greenish Warbler , now i had very very poor views of one in 2011 and have been battling with my conscience ever since if i should add it to my life list and although i did it has never sat that comfortable with me , well now after these full scope views i can now put my hand on my heart and add this smart warbler to my list with a clear conscience .

Note the long supercillium.

small wing bar.
yellowish bill plus long supercillium .

 The Greenish Warbler was constantly calling and was a real joy to watch , i probably watched this bird for a good 45 minutes , other birds of note here were Common Redstart , Whinchat , Lesser Whitethroat and another Pied Flycatcher. 

With time against me i decided to have one more look at Cley in the hope of better views of the Icterine Warbler but without luck , i did see Reed Warbler , Willow Warbler and my third Pied Flycatcher of the day , i also saw a delightful adult Yellow Legged Gull , i never tire of seeing these birds .

There was also a large Caterpillar and i think it is a Poplar Hawk Moth ??There was also a Wall Brown which was the first i have seen this year. 

Possible Poplar Hawk Moth.

Wall Brown.