February 25, 2006
It was my idea, I admit it. We ended up getting sandblasted on the beach at Titchwell today because of me. Windspeed was about 20mph coming straight off the North Sea and seeing anything was out of the question. It was just very unpleasant indeed, so we left.
The seawatching session at Hunstanton earlier was a bit more productive. A Rock Pipit flew over calling and there was an adult Mediterranean Gull on the beach - both year-ticks - so it wasn't a dead loss. A Carrion Crow repeatedly dropped a cockle from a great height onto the shingle, the Fulmars provided good entertainment, as usual, and we bumped into the Michals and Daniel.
There were the usual waders trotting about on the beach - Grey and Ringed Plovers, Bar-tailed Godwit, Turnstone, Oystercatcher - and a handful of Red-breasted Mergansers on the sea.
Later, we stopped between Great Massingham and Grimston to try to see the Rough-legged Buzzard. We didn't, of course, but a distant battle between a Merlin and Skylark was undoubtedly the most entertaining thing I saw all day.
Species added today:
110. Rock Pipit
111. Mediterranean Gull