Dec 102018
 

A first winter Red-rumped Swallow was found hawking over the East Bank at Cley Marshes in Norfolk, on 6th December. An extremely late date for this species, but occasionally young birds do make late appearances.

We watched the bird from around 08:50 till around 09:15 when a clear and sunny weather front moved in and soon after the bird disappeared. What was presumably the same bird, was later seen at Gorleston-on-Sea, near Lowestoft early afternoon.

A walk along the East Bank produced Marsh Harrier and lots of Wigeon, but little else. We finished the day off at Titchwell, with lots of Brent Geese and Teal putting on a great show. A few Avocets and the usual ducks and waders.

RED-RUMPED SWALLOW – Walsey Hills, Cley, Norfolk – photo by Tony Davison©

RED-RUMPED SWALLOW – Walsey Hills, Cley, Norfolk – photo by Tony Davison©

RED-RUMPED SWALLOW – Walsey Hills, Cley, Norfolk – photo by Tony Davison©

BRENT GOOSEdark bellied formphoto by Tony Davison©

BRENT GOOSEdark bellied formphoto by Tony Davison©

TEAL – drake – photo by Tony Davison©

TEAL – drake – photo by Tony Davison©

GREY PLOVER – winter plumage – photo by Tony Davison©

GREY PLOVER – winter plumage – photo by Tony Davison©

GREY PLOVER – winter plumage – photo by Tony Davison©

GREY SEAL – Cley, Norfolk – photo by Tony Davison©

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