Desert Wheatear, Salthouse, 29 October 2016

While Belinda was in the opticians this morning I was at a loose end. Instead of sitting around drinking coffee I ventured out to Thorpe Green to pay my respects to the long-staying and long-wandering Pintail x Mallard hybrid known affectionately as 'Pintard'. After that we headed out to the coast to Salthouse to see the male Desert Wheatear of the last few days. After a trudge along the shingle it proved most co-operative without ever coming mega close for photographs. What a stunner though, probably the nicest male I've seen in the UK and not far off full summer plumage. A flock of c45 Goldfinches joined the fun briefly as did a Reed Bunting. On the walk back a nice Water Pipit was on a pool between the Iron Road and the Little Eye.
Later at Salthouse we visited our coffee man on the beach road (highly recommended and only £2.75 for a cappucino and an americano!) and sat to enjoy our coffee on the beach where 8 Common Scoter flew west close in.

Desert Wheatear, Salthouse

'Pintard', Thorpe Green  

Wigeon, Salthouse (male almost out of eclipse - a late developer!)        

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