A female Stonechat posed meaningfully, prompting Josh and I to natter about quite what is going on with greyish (Stejeneger's or Common) Stonechats in south-east England. 

James Lowen 

The highlight was a flock of 40-50 Snow Buntings. They were alternately skittish (flying up at the merest hint of trouble) and confiding (so lying in wait near their preferred feeding area was a good tactic). Unfortunately, the slope meant that it was impossible to secure any clean backgrounds. All rather frustrating, even if they were lovely birds, particularly the adult males.

Still no sign of the Orphean Warbler. Guess I'd better get on with some work.

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9 Jan 2017 Winter birding


I write this while waiting, hopefully and probably forlornly, for news that yesterday's Orphean Warbler at Newmarket has been sighted again this morning. A remarkable mid-winter record of a massive rarity - and one that will be even more gargantuan should it prove to be an Eastern Orphean rather than Western (which I saw in Wales a few autumns ago). In the meantime, so images from a couple of hours photography at Salthouse, north Norfolk, with Josh Jones. We started with some confiding Turnstones