It’s been an exceptional week for autumn migrants, along the north Norfolk coast. Starting last Sunday with the Isabelline Shrike at Beeston, the birding action has been pretty continuous since then. We’ve had our long-time birding buddies Bob & Sue staying with us for the past few days and have spent most of our time on the coastal strip between Sheringham and Wells, searching out some of the rarities. It’s not been a good time for photography however – many of the subjects only offering up brief views, but we’ve eventually managed to see most things well and boost our respective Norfolk, Year and UK Lists in the process. Highlights have included Isabelline Shrike, Pallas’s Warbler x2, Red-flanked Bluetail x2, Hume’s Leaf Warbler, Yellow-browed Warbler, Blyth’s Reed Warbler and Olive-backed Pipit. It’s hard to imagine a better week for autumn migrants but, with favourable weather patterns persisting, who knows what else might turn up!
My only photo offering is of this Olive-backed Pipit, Muckleborough Hill – a bit of a ‘creeper’ this one. On the best afternoon for photography my camera developed a malfunction from the morning’s rain, oh well!