August is typically the quiet month in the local birding calendar. All the songsters are now quiet . The highlight of the week was a couple of seagull twisters on Monday afternoon and Tuesday. Mondays was stunning with 60 plus birds thermalling together over the village. It is possible that this unusual phenomenon was caused by a passing bird of prey being mobbed and there was a hint of Red Kite in one of the most distant dots as the stack moved away North.


‘Gull Stack’ featuring the  locals Lesser Black-backed Gull (front) Herring Gull (middle) and Black headed Gull (Rear)

I have traveled further afield a number of times during the week however birding highlights away have been muted like the local birds. A trip to RSPB Titchwell was as usual a birding pleasure but the only out of the ordinary was a curlew sandpiper showing some summer plumage feeding alongside some dunlin. They were quite distant preventing a decent photo however the following was the image that I saw down the eyepiece.


Curlew Sandpiper (Left) Dunlin (Right)   Photo Credit: ulfgotthardsson via Compfight cc


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