Norfolk bird news October 2021
There were many sightings of lone White-billed Divers, seen mostly in flight or occasionally on the sea, anywhere between Cley and Great Yarmouth, with most sightings concentrated at Winterton and Cley.
The winter plumaged Long-billed Dowitcher remained at Potter Heigham Marshes until 11th. A Dotterel was at Titchwell 5th and a Grey Phalarope was on the freshmarsh there 15th-25th. An adult Bonaparte’s Gull was off Cley beach car park briefly 9th and a Ferruginous Duck was at Welney WWT 30th.
A Short-toed Lark was at West Runton from 29th. A Hoopoe was at Wells 7th-8th and an elusive Red-breasted Flycatcher was nearby at Wells Woods 7th-8th. Single Barred Warblers were at Winterton North Dunes 8th and Paston 16th.
The juvenile Rose-coloured Starling remained at Titchwell until 11th. A Great Grey Shrike was at Waxham from 25th. More intriguing was the report of an Eye-browed Thrush, seen nearby, on the rocks south of Sea Palling.
There were several sightings of a Richard’s Pipit between Sidestrand and Trimminham 8th-18th, and others were at Waxham 8th, Titchwell, Gypsy Lane 10th, Salthouse 12th, Cley 16th and one that flew west over Weybourne, Gramborough Hill and Burnham Overy Staithe 14th. A Shorelark was at Happisburgh 10th and two were at Titchwell 18th with a single there 24th. Up to six Shorelark were at the favoured winter location of Holkham Gap from 27th.
Highlights for the seawatchers were a Sabines Gull past Winterton 3rd, Cley 6th and Blakeney Point 9th. A Storm Petrel past Sheringham 21st and Snettisham 22nd and a Leech’s Petrel past Cromer 14th and Sheringham 21st.
There were multiple sightings of single Grey Phalaropes flying offshore at Cley but only one on the reserve itself 21st. Towards the end of October a few Little Auks were seen. There were many sightings of lone Black Guillemots offshore, anywhere between Holkham and Waxham, with most sightings concentrated in the Overstrand area.
A Glossy Ibis was near Acle by the A47 east of Scare Gap 25th. A Glaucous Gull was at Weybourne 16th and an Iceland Gull at Waxham 25th, the later possibly checking out the Grey Seal colony for potential rich pickings in November.
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