Saturday, 3 April 2021

March Summary.

 With the covid-19 lockdown rules still applying, for most of the month I restricted my birding to the Trinity Broads.  Arriving at Ormesby Broad on the 3rd I was pleased to discover that the wintering Slavonain Grebe had been joined by another but both were distant.  Meanwhile, the Long-tailed Duck had moved to Rollesby Broad.  The 2 Grebes were still present on 15th and a fine male Scaup was on Rollesby Broad.  My attempts to turn it in to a Lesser Scaup were predictably a failure!

A Great White Egret at Ormesby Little Broad on 18th was my first for the site while on the 27th the Egret was still present, the Long-tailed Duck was back on Ormesby Little Broad, my first Chiffchaff was heard and the 2 Grebes still on Ormesby Broad.

With a White-tailed Eagle having been about I visited Horsey on 29th.  Time spent along the Nelson Head track produced nothing of note so I returned to the pull-in near the bend on the Horsey straight.  After a few minutes another birder picked up the Eagle in flight.  Views were distant and no plumage details visible but it was being mobbed by a Marsh Harrier which was tiny in comparison!  It gained height and drifted away so although far from good views still an enjoyable experience!

Finally, on a warm day I visited Winterton north dunes on the 30th.  I was hoping to see the Iceland Gull which had wintered but the warm weather had brought crowds of people walking along the beach so no surprise I didn't find it.  My first Wheatear of the year was nice and a singe Brent Goose flew north.  

No decent photo's to include this month!