Olive-backed Pipit and Barred Warbler, 21 Sept 2014

I admit to have been very slack with birding in the last month, mainly because I've been so busy with work and other commitments. This afternoon I had a little time to spare after some urban exploring with Belinda and as we were in Fakenham it would have been very shoddy not to have had a little time on the coast. Before really birding I'd almost had a Barn Owl take my head off while exploring some old farm buildings and a Red Kite flew over the B1105 just south of Wells.

My main target was the Olive-backed Pipit in Wells Dell, a species I'd not seen for some years. It didn't disappoint, showing nicely on and off on the south side of the Dell under the trees to a small assembled crowd.

Then it was a streak along the coast to Salthouse to fill my boots with some great views of Barred Warbler in brambles on Gramborough Hill. Unusually I jammed in within 2 minutes of arrival having expected to need some patience!