At Horsey Gap I had three Lesser Whitethroats between the car park and Waxham Sands, local birds or migrants I couldn't say. I covered the path south from the car park as far as the Nelson's Head track but could only muster up a family of Stonechats and a soaring flock of about thirty Common Cranes (which I guess isn't too bad). I had a brief punt around the totem pole at Winterton north dunes, apart from a few Swallows it was dead (footnote: pity I didn't keep walking towards Winterton from the Nelson's Head track because a juvenile RB Shrike was found there later in the day - d'oh!).
On Sunday I did what I probably should have done the day before and went after someone else's bird....namely the Burnham Overy Icterine Warbler. Its a quite a walk from the make shift 'car park' on the A149 to the start of the board walk, especially with heavy optics and tripod. I passed by a group of birders waiting for a Barred Warbler en route, there had been no sign of that for two hours as I passed so I kept going for the Icky. At the Icky spot the bird had been in absentia for twenty minutes or so. Those present trotted out the dreaded lines...."you should have been here earlier", "very confiding chap", "giving itself up" etc. etc. Not what you want to hear. Anyway, in due course it put in an appearance but it was mobile. I spent the next couple of hours waiting for it to return to the hawthorn where I had first seen it but it wasn't playing ball for me. Those who had seen it called it a day as it went missing for almost an hour and by 5pm I was left on my own with no sign of the bird. I was starting to settle for the record shots I had taken earlier. As a last resort I wandered around to the far side of bushes where the apple tree was and just then the bird popped up in the brambles just in front of me. I managed a couple of minutes with the bird before it vanished into deeper cover.
|Icterine Warbler, Burnham Overy Dunes, Norfolk - 16th August 2015|
|Burnham Overy - looking back towards Holkham Pines and the sea|
I stopped briefly to chat to the birders who where still hoping for a decent view of the Barred Warbler, glimpses were all that they were getting so with that I kept on for home.