Record shot of ‘out of area’ Hoopoe, Crostwick
We’ve got Jake, Katie and ‘little man’ Noah staying with us this weekend, so birding has been limited. We did manage a short walk around Felbrigg Park yesterday in the rain but unfortunately the bird we wanted to see – the Glossy Ibis, was at the far end of the park and quite beyond the reach of the buggy.
This morning we went to Sheringham for a walk along the prom and were pleased to find a single Purple Sandpiper on the rocks, east of the Funky Mackerel cafe. Back for lunch and then off to see if we could track down the Hoopoe, which has been hanging around Crostwick (less than a couple of miles outside the NENBC boundary!). Despite the location, horse paddocks completely surrounded by houses, we did manage reasonable views, standing on an up-turned crate, looking over a 6′ fence. On the way there we tracked down the family party of Bewick’s Swan just outside Aylsham and, this time, well within the NENBC area.
Once back at home we decided to have another try for the Ibis. Jake and I went down to the Lake, where the two Goldeneye are still present, and across the dam, to view the muddy track across Scarrow Beck. Sure enough the Glossy Ibis was there, busily feeding. We watched it until it was getting dark, when finally it flew towards the Lake and we managed to relocate it roosting in the Cormorant tree. On the way back home we saw the Barn Owl quartering the water meadow and two Tawny Owl calling to each other near the back gate. Not a bad ‘non-birding’ day !