For just the second time since spring’s ‘lockdown’, I left the Peterborough area, for a spot of out of area birdwatching. I went with my friend Will to north Norfolk, and we tried what I call the ‘Mark Ward method’ (after former BW contributor and Birds editor, Mark Ward). The idea is to ‘do your bit’ by trying to find rare birds in the morning, then enjoy other birders’ finds later on. We did our bit flogging the Burnham Overy Dunes. We turned up a single Spotted Flycatcher and a single female Redstart.
Spotted Flycatcher, Burnham Overy Dunes, Norfolk, 19.9.20
So, we went twitching a Brown Shrike which had been found the previous day, at Warham Greens, a bit further along the coast. It ‘showed well’ to use the cliché, although the well behaved crowd stayed behind a fence, so we could never get very close for photos (nor could we disturb the bird as it fed on many bees, in the company of a Redstart and a Robin. The shrike was superb, and a UK lifer for me!
On the way back, we called in at the Sensory Park in Hunstanton, to see the Pied Flycatcher which had been there all day. What a lovely bird.