Thursday, 14 January 2016

Magical Norfolk Coast

With sunday the first day been able to gout out with Dan and the weather looking good decided to do a bit of focus birding so headed for the Juvenile Pallid Harrier at Flitcham where we quite lucky with it appearing within 10 minutes doing a few passes of the field before disappearing west. Then where to check the hedges which were just full of birds with huge numbers of finches at the feeding station on the field edge with good numbers of Brambling, Yellowhammer and Tree Sparrows in the flock. just as were leaving the Harrier reappeared and landed in the farm garden giving really good views.

Pallid Harrier hunting



Then headed to Thornham harbour where a nice flock of  20+ Twite was feeding around the carpark but often very trickly to see. Then walked around the beach but with the tide out hard to pick much from the shore but a good numbers around with Curlew, Redshank, Ringed Plover, Sanderling, Dunlin, Grey Plovers and a few Bar-tailed godwits were seen.

Part of the Twite flock



Curlew in flight


Feeding Redshank


After a quick stop at Choseley Drying Barns where had a some decent bird of Prey views with Common Buzzard, Roughed-legged Buzzard and Red Kite in the air over a 15 minutes spell wedecided to have a late lunch at Brancaster Staithe. At the harbour had distant views of a Red-necked Grebe and a few hunting Marsh Harrier and plenty of wader action with Bar-tailed Godwits, Curlews,Redshanks were feeding but for me the highlights were the feeding Turnstones.

Feeding Turnstones

Ended the day at Titchwell where from the main footpath had good views of a hunting Barn Owl while out on the scrape plenty of Avocets and Black-tailed Godwits with a few others waders and selection of winters ducks with a few Pintails and Red-crested Pochards in with the Wigeon and Teal. We eneded the day watching the Marsh Harrier come in as the sun was setting behind.

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