Sunday, 13 July 2008

North Norfolk Coast

Headed off to Titchwell again this morning, then tried to take in a few raptors on the way home.
The number of birds to have dropped at Titchwell, most notable by its' absence was Little Gull. The 40+ birds that were present a 2 weeks ago have now dropped to just a couple of birds. The numbers of Ruff have increased to about 15 birds (all males) and there were plenty of adult Black-tailed Godwits. The best bird was a summer-plumaged Red-necked Grebe on the sea. An Arctic Skua was also offshore.

On the way home I stopped off at the Montague's Harrier site where I had 1 male and 2 females. They were showing every 15-20 minutes or so. A female sat up on a distant fence post (see video below) and a male circled over my head.

Male Montague's Harrier

Female Montague's Harrier video

Finally, I stopped off at Gt. Ryburgh raptor watchpoint, but the Honey Buzzards weren't putting on a show. Plenty of Hobbies though, with about 5 at a time hawking over the hidden pools between the watchpoint and the woods. 3 Common Crossbills were an unexpected bonus as they flew by and spent a minute at the top of one of the pines.

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