Parish weekend birding highlight – a pair of Gadwall on the village pond – iPhone photo
It was always going to be difficult to maintain the birding momentum after last week’s stellar cast, particularly in the wake of Storm Hannah – which brought strong winds and cold temperatures across the patch. I was busy with Cromer Peregrine Project stuff on Saturday – helping upgrade the CCTV monitoring equipment, followed by a meeting with our Volunteer Coordinator in the afternoon. An early morning walk along the east cliffs at Cromer yesterday produced ‘nil of note’ and a late afternoon saunter in the park had pretty much the same result – highlights being one lingering Ring Ouzel on the water-meadows, Reed Warbler singing again in the reed-bed, the pair of hybrid Tufted x Ferruginous Duck on the lake, the Shelduck, with 2nd generation Egyptian Goose x Ruddy Duck (?), still in tow and a late Snipe. By far my most interesting record however was the pair of Gadwall on the village pond, which I managed to snap from the car window on Saturday afternoon – a first for the pond I think!
Looking back to a memorable week’s birding – Alpine Swift heading towards Sheringham (courtesy of local wildlife & landscape artist John Hurst)