Friday, 5 September 2014


A few hours spent down at Burnham Overy Dunes before picking up Tom from school. The track down to the sea wall was quiet for birds as a pile driver was setting up new fences. The Black-necked Grebe which had been present for a couple of days was on the large pool in the company of several Little Grebes, but very distant. Left hand bird here.
Then on the approach to the board walk there were a couple of Pied Flycatchers and also two Whinchats. The Whinchats were impossible to get close to but one of the Pied Flys came really close onto the fence wire - I was too slow and off it flew. Shame as it would have been a cracker. I walked west along the scrub and found a Redstart and another Pied Fly but little else was moving here apart from some Dunnocks.
Returning to the board walk and one of the Pied Flys came close enough for a snap, albeit straight into the hazy cloud ridden sunshine.
My quarry species had been Whinchat but they were far too flighty to approach and the light was pretty appalling, so it was a nice surprise to find this Redstart low down and with careful creeping quite approachable.

time to walk back and pick Tom up from Wells - and a hovering  Kestrel was my last sighting.

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