A Hummingbird Hawkmoth ‘hummed’ over the Martham garden, just before dark (1st), a ‘small’ Bat sp. was seen flying from the garden (2nd) probably a Pipistrelle species and 3 Greenfinch were perched on the ‘substantial’ Sunflower in the garden.
Phalarope on a duck pond......
The first notable sightings of the day (4th), along the North Norfolk coast with Jason Nichols were at Walsey Hills, where approximately 100 Pink-footed Geese flew over. In and around the pond were 5 Common Snipe, 4 Little Grebe, Little Egret and a Common Buzzard flying over.
The news of a Red-necked Phalarope on the duck pond at Wells was too good to resist, so a drive further along the coast to Wells followed.
After arriving at the car park at Wells, the phalarope was seen feeding at the edge of the pond, luckily the accessible end of the pond. Typical of this species, it came very close to the small number of admirers assembled at the northerly end of the pond, where it was feeding continually on various insects. On one occasion; flying off a short distance, before returning to the same area, once again coming within a few feet.
On to Brancaster Staithe, where 2 Red Kites were flying over the dunes and a few waders included Turnstone, Ringed Plover, Black-tailed Godwit and 20+ Golden Plover flying over. 4 Little Egrets were also present and at the far western end of the channel a duck/immature Red-breasted Merganser was seen hunting for prey.
Heading back along the coast another Red Kite was seen at Burnham Norton and 3 more at Holkham Freshmarsh, where there was also a Common Buzzard, Marsh Harrier and Pink-footed Geese.
At Cley, a look from the ‘middle hides’ found bird-life in short supply, but of note were 3 Green Sandpipers, 8 Ruff and 4 Black-tailed Godwit.
Back at Martham a queen Red-tailed Bumblebee was of note in the garden.