Stejneger's Stonechat (probably) and Atlantic Canada Goose, 23 October 2018

I slunk off up to North Norfolk today and after getting positive news made my way to the west end of the quags track just east of Salthouse Beach Road. Here the 'Eastern' Stonechat, probably Stejneger's was present on arrival along a reed-fringed ditch. During an hour spent on site it showed well in between periods of going missing. Although it ventured closer to the track it was only very briefly so all the photos I managed were at distance so not great. An interesting bird for sure and very similar to the Landguard bird last year. Apparantly a faeces sample has been obtained for dna analysis. What has my hobby become?! lol! If confirmed it will be a nice county tick so we shall see...
A very late Swallow was over the marshes and a Snipe flew over. A Marsh Harrier with 2 large red/orange wing-tags was also knocking about as was a Brown Hare.

Then it was on to look through a flock of c1000 Pink-footed Geese between Weybourne and Sheringham where I eventually located (and then promptly lost!) the vagrant Atlantic Canada Goose when it popped it's head up to greet a passing train!

STOP PRESS - @ 18/11/18 the stonechat has been confirmed as a Stejneger's following DNA sampling. It therefore becomes Norfolk tick no.395 for me!

Yearlist = 242

 probable Stejneger's Stonechat

 Atlantic Canada Goose

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