One of two Pied Flycatcher in Warren Woods, Cromer
My intention was to go sea-watching this morning, but when I got to the east Cromer cliffs its was flat calm with a gentle off-shore breeze and 100% visibility. Not ideal conditions so, instead, I took a stroll along the cliffs to the golf course and back. I encountered several mixed feeding flocks, which included: 3-4 Willow Warbler, several Whitethroat, Garden Warbler, two Lesser Whitethroat, Chiffs & Blackcaps, as well as four species of tit. I’d just got back to the eastern edge of Warren Woods when a Whitethroat appeared right in front of me in the gorse. Whilst waiting for a photo opportunity I noticed a gleaming white-fronted bird high up in a Sycamore tree. A quick check with my bins and it was a Pied Flycatcher – my first for the year and a ‘new area’ tick. Moments later a second bird appeared alongside it. I’d nearly reached North Lodge Park when I noticed a Wheatear sat on the roof of the last house before the park. Exactly the same house where I had one in the Spring. Down on the beach Andy was looking at the gulls. I joined him briefly but, as has been the case recently on my early-morning visits, there were no interesting birds amongst them. We’re off now for a few days to southern Spain – hoping for a bit of raptor migration.
Wheatear on the roof of the last house before North Lodge Park
Record shot of Garden Warbler – another ‘new area’ tick