"For now we are young let us lay in the sun and count every beautiful thing we can see" Neutral Milk Hotel.

Saturday, 25 January 2014

A day of dipping & sniping!

I woke early & the day dawned with a heavy mist & dampness! I thought I was safe to head out for a bike ride, but this was proven the wrong decision & brought to an abrupt end after a call from Robert, he had just found a Waxwing at Old Hunstanton! I was at Heacham so I raced back, Andy had already joined him. But despite there being lots of activity - Marsh & Coal Tit, Nuthatch, Great Spotted & Green Woodpecker,  there was sadly (from mine & Andy's point of view!) no sign of the Waxwing! 

I then had to head for Kings Lynn to pick up birding mate for the day - Nick Moran, his train was suddenly cancelled for no apparent reason & without warning, thanks East Midlands Trains! Sat around waiting for an hours & in the meantime I received a message from Andy & Robert who had clinched a Water Pipit on call overhead at Redwell, despite my sniping about the difficulties of the Water/Scandi Rock call id they were adamant & I was left gripped & still sat waiting for Nick & EMT!

We eventually made it out & re-checked the afforementioned Waxwing location, no sign!
At Holme a visit to Redwell revealed no pipits at all, let alone anything remotely spinoletta or  littorals. Although 1-2 Snipe flew over & at last a decent new year bird was added!

At Gore Pt we scanned the sea for a couple of hours, the 1st summer Black-throated Diver  was again present, several Red-throats, Red B- Mergansers  mainly west & Great crested Grebes on sea. Plus a Common Porpoise briefly
Although already added to the YL today, it was really interesting picking a Snipe up around 2 miles out to sea & watching it arrive over land high in the sky.

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