After a very busy week I decided to go birding in the morning. The weather was unsettled, quite crazy in fact, with intermittent torrential showers and warm sunny spells in between, and the winds were better than average, so I hoped to find something good. Greenish Warbler was on the cards this morning - still need it for my WP list. Over the last few days several were recorded in extreme ends of the UK (Shetland & Scilly) so I was optimistic. Started off at Wells Woods. Lots of local breeding birds but no true migrants at all. Cuckoo and Siskin were the only birds worth noting. Kept my eyes and ears wide open but no wing-barred phyloscs. Nice to see many fledglings out.
My nest stop was Warham Green. Nothing here either, nor at Stiffkey campsite. Five Spoonbills were roosting on the saltmarsh off Warham, one of them colour-ringed:
Digiscoped from a mile away using Swarovski ATX95 and Canon 7D:
At Cley it was pretty quiet as well. I couldn't bother searching for the Grey-headed Wagtail that had been reported there earlier on. Two 2cy Little gulls were in the far end of Patt's Pool. Here flushed by a pair of aggressive Shelducks:
This male Reed Bunting was singing very close to the boardwalk. Shame the light was bad:
Here he is again with the famous Cley Windmill in the backgound:
Grey Heron - too close
All in all, a quiet morning with no rarities but it was enjoyable nevertheless.