Wednesday, 25 January 2012

Norfolk Day 1

Had decided to head to norfolk first stop was to cley were from the main hide first sight of the day was lots of Teal and Wigeon Feeding and feeding on the scrape was quite a few Ruff and Dunlin on the edge with the Long syating Western Sandpipier a first for me before getting spooked but it did reapear on its own. Also around the main scrape were Little Egret, Curlew, Pochard, Redshank and Black-tailed Godwit. Then walked Around to the beach area where to my surprise out at sea was a Grey seal next to a Great-backed Gull. Then after watching the flock of linnets had a surprise with a Lapland Bunting a first for me.

Western Sandpiper

Wigein feeding
Next visit was to holkham were in the field were hundred of pink-footed geese feeding a great sight then just past the carpark had a group of Goldcrest and Firecrest in the the confer trees along with a Treecreeper and Coal Tits. Out on the beach no sight of the hoped for Shorelarks but some singing Skylarks to make up for it.

Last stop of the day was to Titchwell were spents quite a bit of time watching the Redpolls only Lesser and Mealy were showing sadly no Artic but redpolls always a great bird to watch. Walked round the rest of the reserve with the highlight the flock of over 500 Golden Plovers feedin in the saltmarsh. Then ended the day watching the Marsh Harriers coming into roost in the reedbeds around 150 in total while have geese flying overhead mainly Greylag and Brent but did have 1 group of White-fronts and to end a good day had a flyover Bittern walking back.

Golden Plover flock on the saltmarsh

Golden Plover flock in flight

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