Shrikes, Stints and missed Wrynecks
Whilst on leave I managed to get a full days birding in on the coast. I started the day by heading out to Winterton-on-sea. Primarily in search of the Red-Backed Shrike that I had heard about. It had been there for a few days but there was no mention of it in the morning but I thought it would be worth a try.
Once I had located the concrete blocks that everyone had been mentioning, I walked along the path and wasn’t disappointed. About 10m away, sat in the top of a bramble was what I had been hoping to see.
I sat and watched for quite some time and was able to view the bird at quite close proximity. It chose a high prominent perch to survey the area and then would drop for regular meals of beetles and bees. I was surprised at how easily it seemed to find its prey and also the size of the beetles etc it was finding.
I did however manage to not see the Wryneck that had been seen in the morning and subsequently has been seen over the last few days. There was also apparently a Greenish Warbler seen in the South Dunes over the weekend as well. I did manage to see Wheatears and a Marsh Harrier whilst in Winteron, along with many dragonflies that were still on the wing despite the wind.
I then took myself of to Minsmere where I managed to miss the 3 Wrynecks that were apparently present of which two had been rung. Did mange to bag quite an extensive list of waders on the from the East Hide, Bar-tailed Godwit, Black-tailed Godwit, Ruff, Curlew Sandpiper, Common Sandpiper, Dunlin, Little Ringed Plover, snipe to name a few, along with a new one for my list, Little Stint. Whilst I was at Minsmere I took the opportunity to go round to the Island mere hide where there was a female Ferruginous duck, which was a nice one to add to my year list.