Sunday 4th November and another day spent in North Norfolk. A second winter drake King Eider, although showing distantly, was favouring the sea off the lifeboat station at Sheringham and the probable Stejneger’s Stonechat was still being faithful to it’s favoured field at Salthouse. Both birds giving good scope views, but not so good for the camera.
So an opportunity to see a King Eider, a rare species this far south of the Arctic Zone and Richard was able to see the Stejneger’s Stonechat. With a small flock of Waxwings, showing off their “Pink Punk” hair-does in Kelling, it was a very successful day.
Waxwing – first winter birds – Above 4 images – Tony Davison© – always good to see the first arrivals, it maybe a good winter for this species.
Probable Stejneger’s Stonechat – Salthouse, Norfolk – This first winter male, discovered on the 19th October, was still at Salthouse, Norfolk now in it’s third week. A few more of the subtle ID features can be seen here. The all black tail, except for the creamy edges to the side and fringes and the black underwing, which helps to exclude any European “morph” of Stonechat.
Robin – This young bird showed off quite well whilst watching the more distant rarity at Salthouse. Pity the Stejneger’s Stonechat wasn’t so obliging.. Tony Davison©