Bootiful Norfolk

As we looked out of the window this morning the weather vane had moved around to the north east. It screamed rarities.

A quick call to the South of Northrepps; a good 10 yard walk from the car and we were greeted by the coal tit like drawl of a Yellow browed Warbler – untypically  elusive this Siberian traveller did not show again. We moved on.

Given the weather Blakeney Point seemed like a good idea. It was dismissed as some of us didn’t like the sound of the 4 mile walk on shingle. After we changed destinations several times Gun Hill further west on the coast won the vote. We were looking for a Pechora Pipit – for no other reason than it seemed like a good target to have in mind.

Having worked hard in the garden yesterday I was aching and it seemed appropriate to leave my heavy camera behind. As we dressed for the weather at the back of the car it could have been one of my companions or a voice in my head that said “you’ll regret not taking your camera”. Do birds know when you haven’t got your camera?

Walking along the sea wall it was Tim who first saw a pale warbler skip along the path side vegetation. It looked interesting. Twenty minutes and several brief sightings later it still looked interesting but we were no further forward with what it was. It changed genus several times before Booted Warbler was settled upon. It was decided to put the news out as a probable Booted Warbler … just in case we’d made a horrible blunder and misidentified some eastern race chiffchaff.

Leaving the warbler ranging over a 100m stretch of vegetation we went back to the car to have a warm drink … and to collect the camera before returning along the seawall. This was a little in vein as it never showed as well as it did originally but a nice bird to see never-the-less.



6 Responses to “Bootiful Norfolk”

  1. September 24, 2012 at 9:55 am

    Nowadays, I struggle with the validity of the twitching business, though I can see the advantage of looking at birds you’ve never seen before, I think there’s more value in finding your own.
    I should imagine your neck of the woods will be dripping with stuff over the coming couple of weeks or so, unless most of it has gone through already?

    • September 24, 2012 at 10:44 am

      Hi Stephen – thanks for taking the time to comment.
      Twitching has developed a bad name over recent years hasn’t it? – whenever a group of people get together even by the very nature of standing quiet and still they can generate emotions in passers-by and observers (just like hoodies knocking down conkers with sticks I guess) My feelings are the more we observe the more we learn; the more we learn the better equipped we are to deal with any issues that the environment or man compromising the environment throws our way. The more individuals that are involved the better.
      I love sharing some of our migrant birds with others and North Norfolk is a wonderful place to do it. I’m lucky enough to earn a living from doing just that. I would hope there’s a lot of migration to happen yet and you’re right the weather looks ideal in the next couple of weeks or so.

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