Saturday, 14 May 2011

Great snipe twicthing.

Wood warbler
On Saturday morning we headed of to Norfolk with Rob to see the Great snipe, that had turned up at Cley marshes NWT but it being a very illusive bird, we didn’t get our hopes up to high, We decided to head to ticthwell first , where we got a lovely male Wood warbler in the picnic area, what a stunning bird we watched it above our head as it fed in the trees.

We then headed on to Cley and Rob parked up along the bank were there was other birders watching out other the marshes,
here we saw a lovely Lesser yellowlegs are second for the year not bad, also four Wood sandpipers were feeding along side, Dad picked out a Temmick stint also, other birds that seemed to be around were Redshanks which seemed to be everywhere, lots of Sand martins, a pair of Avocets and a single juv Spoonbill.in the distance.
Spoonbill
We got our permit to go onto the reserve, and then headed out towards the Avocet hide, where we were hoping all the action was going to take place, we spent the next five hours hear were we dipped the Great snipe but still had great time , watching common snipe, Little ringed plovers, Avocets with chicks the juv Spoonbill dropped into a pool about 50 yards away,which was great to see.
 most of the birds that came  onto a pool in front of the hide were soon seen of by a very aggressive parent Avocet this provided some entertainment , Sand martins were all over the place and a few swifts.

A Barn owl was seen along the bank with a Short eared owl we managed to see them both through the scope at the same time amazing, other birds around were Whimbrel, Greenshank, and Lapwings some with chicks, Shovler, Gadwall, Reed warblers calling in the reeds and a Redshank with chicks

After a dippy weekend we headed home happy with the birds we did see.
Wood warbler
Robin
Avocet

Avocet

Avocet chick
Avocet chciks
Lapwing
Lapwing
Spoonbill with a grey lag goose head in the way

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