A great day out in Norfolk until heavy rain in the afternoon. I had gone to see the probable Stejneger’s Stonechat at Salthouse but decided to go for a seawatch at Cley first which was a good decision as there were lots of birds passing in the strong north westerly winds. Highlights were 2 Little Auk, juvenile Long-tailed Skua, 6 Pomarine Skua including one that landed on the beach and Long-eared Owl that flew in-off. There were lots of duck moving offshore, mainly Teal, Wigeon and Common Scoter but I also saw Pintail and a few Goldeneye. Two Snow Bunting flew past.
Then on to Salthouse where I eventually saw the possible Stejneger’s Stonechat well when it flew closer having originally been quite distant.
Maybe not a classic year but still some good birds and I did get the Catbird on the way home. Great that Danny and Michael came out for a few days.
Eastern Yellow Wagtail
Having been on Scilly when the Grey Catbird was found at Treeve Moor near Lands End I had to hope it stayed until I left the Islands. Fortunately it did and after a mad dash after getting off the Scillonian on Saturday evening I managed to see it briefly in flight, before it got completely dark. Luckily it was still there on the Sunday when i was able to see it much better.
I saw a whale today in the River Thames at Gravesend! A Beluga Whale that is normally found in arctic waters. It was over the far side of the river and would only surface every 5-10 minutes and for a short period of time so my photos are not very good.