Spent the weekend birdwatching away with C. Gittins and P. Parsons on the east coast. This wasn't our normal weekend away where we try to see as many birds as possible, due to the fact that a run of easterly winds had dumped a large number of rarities/scarcities on the east coast, but we still managed a respectable total of 117 birds for the trip [113 in Norfolk]. Some of the scarcer birds are listed below.
Honey Buzzard - flyover - Wells Woods, Norfolk
Caspian Gull - Cley Marshes, Norfolk
Isabelline Wheatear - Easington, East Yorkshire
Siberian Accentor - Easington, East Yorkshire - 2nd for Britain
Olive-backed Pipit - 2 - Wells Woods, Norfolk
Barred Warbler - Burnham Overy Staithe, Norfolk
Radde's Warbler - Wareham's Green, Norfolk
Yellow-browed Warbler - 2 - Wells Woods, 1- Wareham's Green, 2- Titchwell [All Norfolk]
Pallas's Warbler - Wells Woods, Norfolk
Firecrest - 2 - Wells Woods, Norfolk
Other highlights included - Marsh Harrier, Redstart, Lesser Redpoll, Egyptian Goose, Brambling, Red Kite, Brent Goose, White-fronted Goose, Pink-footed Goose, Little Egret, Redwing, Fieldfare, Yellowhammer, Garden Warbler, Curlew Sandpiper, Little Stint, Greenshank, Ruff, Bearded Tit, Red-legged Partridge, Velvet Scoter, Common Scoter, Pintail, Avocet, Kingfisher, Northern Wheatear, Peregrine and Crossbill.
Also saw quite a few other bits and bobs including - Stoat, Hare, Grey Squirrel, Muntjac Deer, Common Seal, Devil's Coach Horse [beetle], Red Admiral, Red-tailed Bumblebee and Hawthorn Shieldbug.
A few species of hoverflies were still on the wing, recorded 8 species, the best being Eupeodes luniger and Syrphus ribesii.