Saturday, 30 April 2011


Yesterday I was faced with a dilemma. Go birding in Norfolk with Brendan, Paul and Ian or go to my sister in laws for a Royal Wedding Garden Party?

We arrived at a field just south of Choseley Farm hoping to see Dotterel. Several birders were already on site and were struggling to see any Dotterel, however, we had our secret weapon Ian "eagle eyes" Bennell who soon had everyone on a distant Dotterel. Not easy to see given the distance, poor light and heat haze. The lone Dotterel was soon joined by two more. All three then scurried off out of site. Next stop was Choseley Farm "Drying Barns;" pretty quiet here but we did manage Yelowhammer and Yellow Wagtail. Then on to Titchwell RSPB where we noted the following; Garganey (pair,) breeding plumaged Ruff, White Wagtail, Marsh Harrier, Avocet, Common Sandpiper, Bar Tailed Godwit, Curlew, Little Ringed Plover, Reed Bunting, Sand Martin, House Martin, Swallow, Redshank. On the beach at Titchwell; Sanderling, Dunlin, Turnstone, Knot, Bar Tailed Godwit, Grey Plover, Swallow.  We then received reports of 3 Red Footed Falcons at nearby Burnham Overy, so we made our way there. No sign of Red Foots but we did note the following; Pink Footed Goose, Wheatear, Spoonbill, Little Tern, Marsh Harrier, Buzzard, Little Egret, Golden Plover. Next stop was Santon Downham (suffolk,) not much here except for Siskin and Mandarin. Final stop was Foxhole Heath where we noted 1 Curlew, 3 Wheatear and good views of 8 Stone Curlew. Finally when we had arrived back at Langleybury Church we noted c20 Waxwing in flight.
Ian's version of todays events and some pics can be found on his blog here
sh4rpy, Brendan G, Ian B, Paul F.

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