North Norfolk Glossy Ibis, Turtle Dove etc.....
First stop of the day (17th) with Jason Nichols was at Salthouse where eventually the Glossy Ibis revealed its presence by flying! It flew across the A149 inland and was lost from view, but soon returned and landed near one of the pools behind the duck pond again.
With not too much at Brancaster Staithe (very busy place during the summer), a visit to Titchwell ensued.
A Turtle Dove singing in the trees next to the car park at Titchwell was good to see, not a common sight now.
The scrapes held a good scattering of Ruff, with Avocet, Black-tailed Godwit, Common Redshank and a single Golden Plover and two Spoonbills present near the far island were joined by two more flying in singly.
A small solitary wasp was found on a flower, along the path to the beach and despite only having the 150-600 lens and managing not to join the waders on the scrape, whilst getting far enough back to focus, the resulting photographs were good enough to identify the wasp as Ectemnius continuus.
A larva was found at the edge of the beach and is ‘ID-pending’. Sandwich Terns were flying past over the sea, as was an adult Gannet and Sanderlings provided some ‘photographic exercise’ along the shore where there was also Oystercatchers.
A ‘small’ Colletes had been seen very briefly on the way to the beach and one was seen again on the way back. Although photographs were taken, the identity of this male Colletes is not clear at the present time, although it appears to be one of the three ‘succinctus group’. Also good to see along the path was a Common Toad.
Sandwich Tern Oystercatchers Sanderling
Glossy Ibis Turtle Dove