Monday, 11 February 2013

Day out in norfolk

Had a trip arranged with the northeast herts group for a trip out to norfolk so had been watching the weather forcast all last week luckly snow was not forget till last afternoon so headed at first to Cley first sighting of the day were the flocks of Brent Geese with up to 600 feeding together a sight when one of the four Marsh Harriers brought them up. On the main pool had Wigeon numbering over 1000 though not many waders with just Knot and Dunlin on the Lagoons with Shelduck, Avocet and a odd Shoveler. Then headed along the east wall where only birds of note was a Wren and Reed Bunting calling. Then at the Lagoon at the top had close encounters with a adult Little Egret and on the pool found the waders with Redshank, Curlew, Lapwings, Oystercatcher and Grey Plover feeding. Then with a bit of seawatch from the top with up to 6 Red-throated Divers, Grey Seal and a Harbour Porpoise out a sea. Then headed back to the centre where I had Chaffinch, Greenfinch on the feeder and a few Hares in the field.

Next we headed to Hockham where we had lots more Wigeon a few thousand feeding with a few curlwes and redshanks with them. In the distance field had Brent Geese and Pink-footed Geese i suspect over 10 Thousand combined a impressive view. Then headed down to the beach to hunt for the smaller bird though only found Meadow Pipit and Skylark but had great views on the beach of Dunlin, Sanderling and a mixed gull flock of over 5 thousand mainly of Black-headed and Herring Gulls before heading back with the day ending with a view of a male Sparrowhawk trying to hunt a flock of Linnets

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