Friday 19 September 2014

Yorkshire long weekend via Norfolk

Friday 19 Sep and off to the Yorkshire coast. Castle Hill at Scarborough (13:00 - 14:15) held a striking Firecrest and calling but elusive Yellow-browed Warbler. The multiple Red-breasted Flycatchers had gone to ground. The one nearby at Crooks Ness, Burniston (14:40) showed well (photo below) and this gully hosted Spotted Flycatcher, Blackcap and Whitethroat. At Flamborough (16:30 - 18:10) saw 2+ RB Fly's within walking distance of the headland car park and a couple of Yellow-browys. Lesser Whitethroat, Goldcrest, Chiffchaff and Spotted Flycatcher added to the variety.

Thursday 18 Sep and up to North Norfolk. Warm inland on the drive up and a Hobby was hawking insects over the road near RAF Lakenheath, Buzzards soared over the A148 nr Fakenham but on approaching Cromer the sea mist and drop in temperature hit home. By the pier the adult Caspian Gull (Photo below) joined Herring Gulls briefly on the beach before resting offshore. Heard mutterings of hybrid on t'internet but can't Caspos be variable like Herrings? Off to Salthouse and the Barred Warbler (photo below) showed reasonably well at Gramborough Hill. Final stop Stiffkey. A couple of Bramblings were in trees by the saltmarsh car park with Chaffinches. Little Egrets in the salt marsh as was a Spoonbill.