January 24th continued......
Grey Heron Glaucous Gull
Great Crested Grebes pair-bonding & R-n Grebe Bittern & Tufted Duck Goldcrest
Great Crested Grebe territoriality & Smew in its wake
Smew Great Crested Grebe (note immature facial pattern) & Red-necked Grebe
En-route to Cley, four Common Buzzards were seen perched on posts at various places, including one place that resembled someone’s garden!
On reaching the beach (after walking along the East Bank at Cley), the Glaucous Gull that had been in the area was seen feeding on a seal carcase and a spot of photography ensued. A charm of approximately 25 Linnets was also seen. No need to place plastic on their legs, just count them (presence or absence) in the various habitats, hardly rocket science!
There was no sign of any Snow Buntings, which had been reported here, so we moved on to Holkham, where a flock of approximately 35 were seen east of the bay. No sign of any Shore Larks, which had been labelled ‘Northern Larks’ on the notice boards!?
The point here is that the renaming of avian species is becoming a farce! If you are going to keep changing their names why not just refer to their scientific (Latin) ‘proper’ binomial names. Furthermore, what the hell is this ‘common’ word placed before a species, e.g. Common Kestrel, Common Crane? What does that mean and relative to what in terms of population dynamics? Hardly scientific, (despite some of the ‘birding fraternity’ taking themselves very seriously) and don’t forget the Passenger Pigeon was once the commonest bird on the planet, but where is it now?!
The reported Dartford Warbler emerged at the top of a bush, with two Stonechats also present. Is there a correlation between the appearances of these two species together? Could it be facilitation?
A Red Kite flew over and back along the drive two Grey Partridges were on the field and as seen a week ago here, skeins of both Pink-footed and Brent Geese were again present. A look over Holkham Freshmarsh, further along the road found a Great White Egret. Not a bad day!