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

Sunday, 16 February 2014

With Chris and Andy away now is a real good time to find a storming patch bird but despite my best efforts today I failed.  Despite the lack of a crippling rarity as always Holme never fails to produce a good days birding.  The Water Pipit is still around and is spending most of its time between the flood in the Konik paddock and Hun Pool, the lone Golden Plover remains on North Field along with a Bar-tailed Godwit.

A crippling drake Pintail was present early morning only on Broadwater along with a drake Pochard hanging around with the Tufted Ducks. Pochard's a real Holme rarity at the moment despite high numbers at Titchwell!  11+ Little Grebes on Broadwater was an interesting sight.

At least 5 Ruff still knocking around after a mid-teens count midweek.  A male Peregrine flew west along the beach towards dusk presumably going to roost on the Cliffs.  An Arctic Skua midweek found by Gary takes the years total to 136 species.

A search of some sheltered but sunlit Gorse produces one Gorse Sheildbug.

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