Saturday, January 10, 2015

Who needs rarities at all?! Common birds rule!

Went this morning to look for the Great Grey Shrike at Staton Downham, before a meeting in Thetford. As I got on site the shrike was showing west of the bridge over Little Ouse, but at quite a distant. I watched it through the scope for some minutes but then it flew out of sight and was not seen again for the next couple of hours. I searched the wider area well but it was just gone. Quite frustrating as I didn't get even a record shot. Ah well. 
On the way out had a quick look at St. Helen's campsite. A nice local lad kindly laid seeds out for birds on the wooden bollards surrounding the carpark, and tons of local birds visited this small feeding site. I was there for about 15 minutes, appreciated the good sunlight and enjoyed every minute! Beautiful, common birds kept coming and going. Next time I should stick some nicer perches up for them.

Marsh Tit - so quick!

Marsh Tit and Blue Tit

 Blue Tits

Great Tit and Blue Tit

Great Tit

Coal Tit

Bugger off! These seeds are mine!



Great Spotted Woodpecker

 Some nearctic birds of prey kept flying over making noise:


 Shrike habitat

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