Purple Sandpiper – on the rocks at low tide, Sheringham
Yesterday morning I had a trip to Sheringham, looking for Purple Sandpiper. I was eventually successful, with two confiding birds on the rocks opposite the last beach hut. Of equal interest, however, were the seven Ringed Plover on the beach near the tank. They looked smaller and darker than our usual birds and I considered them to be likely candidates for tundrae, the race which breeds in North Eurasia. From lunch-time onwards I attended the Upper Bure Valley Partnership (UBVP) conference, meeting the new Project Manager and various stake-holders.
Ringed Plover – probably ‘tundrae’ judging by size and general darkness
Today was livened up with a pager message, mid-morning, announcing the presence of a lingering Sabine’s Gull, off the pier at Cromer. I was quickly on site on the cliffs above the beach, east of the pier, but speaking to Simon, the original finder, it hadn’t been seen for a while. There were a couple of Little Gull flying off-shore and I noticed a pale-headed Herring Gull type bird on the beach below us – quickly confirmed as the regular 1st winter Caspian Gull, before being flushed by a dog. One of the assembled birders then picked up the Sabine’s, but distantly beyond the pier. I quickly relocated to the end of the pier and waited a further twenty minutes before the bird performed a brief ‘helter-skelter’ flying display, before landing back on the sea and being lost to view. The afternoon was spent showing Emily, the new UBVP Project Manager around Sustead Common and other sites.
Jonah, from Norfolk Rivers Trust – presenting at the UBVP event