Well, folks, I can now, officially, claim to be a grumpy old man given I've reached the three score years and ten mark! Now on to some serious study for the " Cantankerous Order of Merit"!! The fly past was reduced in extent due to the ongoing austerity measures, but thanks to those on high for the token recognition..
On this otherwise auspicious day the weather cast a telling verdict, it was rubbish! We set off early to Lynford Arboretum with some hoped for views of Hawfinch. Nothing,
except wetness! A flock of Siskin produced some respite but very little else in the circumstances.
On up to the north coast, via Sandringham and Wolferton, where we didn't see Golden Pheasant (!). Hunstanton produced Knot,Sanderling, Grey Plover, Fulmar and Red=breasted Mergansers plus a cooked breakfast at Tesco! Yorkshire lads know how to celebrate special occasions.. Holme and Thornham were wet, miserable and somewhat unproductive. Chosely provided good views of Red-legged Partridge and, Yellowhammer but nothing else/ so we moved on to RSPB Titchwell Reserve where we stayed for the rest of the day. There was very little over the sea ( Northern Eider, Red-yhroated Diver, Goldeneye ) but a good selection , and numbers , of waders on the seashore. Numbers of birds on the enclosed lagoons were low, but Ruff and a variety of duck were in evidence. We hung on in the hope of seeing Bittern, but with no joy, although we had a Little Egret and a ring tail Hen Harrier! As it was cold we spent the final hour before dark in the Fen Hide where we had at least 11 Marsh Harrier and a male and female Hen Harrier into roost. Matthew managed a brief view of a Bittern and we witnessed the spectacle of 23 Moorhen using the same route down the edge of a reedbed into a presumed roost area.. Perhaps not a day as distinctive as yesterday but a good solid birding day nonetheless.
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