Thursday, October 22, 2009

Saltfleet again.....

An all day effort at Saltfleet today produced some good birds over the 8 hrs i was there.After arriving at dawn i waited until it was light enough and began looking around the area of conifers at the bottom of sea lane,having a moment of dejavu from my last visit, as i found a male Firecrest feeding in the canopy of the trees giving fairly good views.Also around this area were a few Blackbirds,Song Thrushes and a single Goldcrest.I then walked around all the decent habitat up towards the haven finding several Redwing along the dunes and a couple of Sparrowhawk flew south along with a flock of 8 Little Egret.After arriving at the haven i decided to head out along the developing area of foreshore and dunes seeing a couple of Lapland Bunting,which flew south overhead,my first of the autumn/winter period and i then met up with Geoff Williams who found a cracking Shorelark,my first for several years and we both enjoyed great views of the bird before it eventually flew south.I then met up with Chris,Ian and Tony and we looked around the Toby's Hill reserve nearby,seeing a Chiffchaff and then not 1,but 2 Firecrest which put on a great show,with 1 bird flashing it's gorgeous fiery orange crest as it called,a really stunning species!!Other birds observed around the area were 3 Brambling,a few Siskin,5 Twite,Grey Wagtail and 2 Great-spotted Woodpecker.As if things hadn't been good enough,we then got a phone call saying there was a Pallas's Warbler at Humberston Fitties in a friends garden.We of course had to go and take a look and i eventually found it feeding outside it's chosen garden giving superb views of this stunning siberian visitor,eventually it returned to it's temporary home and we left happy chaps.They really do give Firecrest's a run for their money and take some beating in my opinion.A great end to a pretty good day.

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