Saturday, 22 September 2012

Four go Mad in Norfolk

A days birding in Norfolk with Paul, Brendan and Ephraim. First stop was NOA Holme Bird Observatory. Here we enjoyed good views of a rather elusive Red-breasted Flycatcher. Also here a Bonxie flew over as did a Brambling. From the obsevatory we headed onto the dunes for a spot of sea watching. The most noteworthy birds here were; Red-throated Diver, Arctic Skua, Gannet. From the dunes we made our way to the exit of our reserve. Near the pay hut we enjoyed good views of a very showy Barred Warbler. Next up was a visit to Titchwell. Several species of wader were encountered here including a Little Stint. However, our luck was in as word reached us that there was an even better bird on an island on the next saline lagoon. We hot-footed it to the next lagoon where a handful of birders had already assembled. Then in amongst a few Ringed Plovers was a Baird's Sandpiper. We all had goods views of the bird but as soon as our thoughts turned to maybe getting some photo's the Plovers and the Baird's took flight and did not return. Next we made our way to the beach where we did a spot of sea-watching. Lots of Gannet, 3 Eider, Common Scoter and a Guillemot were the best birds here. Also here a couple of skeins of Pink-footed Goose.
Norfolks news was coming in thick and fast so after a quick team meeting we headed for Warham Greens and the chance of our second Red-breasted Flycatcher of the day. Sure enough, shortly after arriving on site we were able to connect with an adult Red-breasted Flycatcher. Also seen here 8 thermalling Common Buzzard, perhaps a migrating flock? Not a bad day so far then!
The nearby Wells Woods was next. Here we connected with 2 or possibly 3 Yellow-browed Warbler, Brambling, Siskin, Lesser Redpoll and a female Pied Flycatcher.
On our return journey we stopped off in the Brecks to check on a Stone Curlew site but it seems they have departed for sunnier climes.
We kept a day list  and managed 95 species in total. Ephraim's account of our day can be found on his blog here;

1 Mute Swan Titchwell
2 Pink-footed Goose Titchwell
3 Greylag Goose Titchwell
4 Egyptian Goose Titchwell
5 Shelduck Titchwell
6 Wigeon Titchwell
7 Gadwall Titchwell
8 Teal Titchwell
9 Mallard Norfolk
10 Tufted Duck Titchwell
11 Eider Titchwell
12 Common Scoter Titchwell
13 Red-legged Partridge Norfolk
14 Pheasant Norfolk
15 Red-throated Diver Holme
16 Little Grebe Titchwell
17 Great Crested Grebe Titchwell
18 Gannet Holme
19 Cormorant Holme
20 Little Egret Holme
21 Grey Heron Norfolk
22 Spoonbill Titchwell
23 Sparrowhawk Brecks
24 Buzzard Warham Greens
25 Kestrel Holme
26 Moorhen Norfolk
27 Coot Norfolk
28 Oystercatcher Titchwell
29 Avocet Titchwell
30 Ringed Plover Titchwell
31 Golden Plover Titchwell
32 Grey Plover Titchwell
33 Lapwing Norfolk
34 Knot Titchwell
35 Sanderling Titchwell
36 Little Stint Titchwell
37 Baird’s Sandpiper Titchwell
38 Dunlin Titchwell
39 Ruff Titchwell
40 Snipe Titchwell
41 Black-tailed Godwit Titchwell
42 Bar-tailed Godwit Titchwell
43 Curlew Holme
44 Greenshank Titchwell
45 Redshank Holme
46 Turnstone Titchwell
47 Arctic Skua Holme
48 Great Skua Holme
49 Black-headed Gull Norfolk
50 Common Gull Titchwell
51 Lesser Black-backed Gull Norfolk
52 Herring Gull Titchwell
53 Sandwich Tern Holme
54 Common Tern Titchwell
55 Guillemot Titchwell
56 Stock Dove Norfolk
57 Woodpigeon Norfolk
58 Collared Dove Norfolk
59 Great Spotted Woodpecker Holme
60 Swallow Holme
61 House Martin Norfolk
62 Meadow Pipit Titchwell
63 Pied Wagtail Norfolk
64 Wren Holme
65 Dunnock Holme
66 Robin Holme
67 Wheatear Titchwell
68 Blackbird Norfolk
69 Barred Warbler Holme
70 Yellow-browed Warbler Wells Woods
71 Chiffchaff Holme
72 Goldcrest Holme
73 Red-breasted Flycatcher Holme and Warham Greens
74 Pied Flycatcher Wells Woods
75 Bearded Tit Titchwell (heard)
76 Long-tailed Tit Norfolk
77 Blue Tit Norfolk
78 Great Tit Norfolk
79 Coal Tit Wells Woods
80 Nuthatch Wells Woods
81 Jay Norfolk
82 Magpie Norfolk
83 Jackdaw Norfolk
84 Rook Brecks
85 Carrion Crow Norfolk
86 Starling Norfolk
87 House Sparrow Norfolk
88 Chaffinch Norfolk
89 Brambling Holme/Wells Woods
90 Greenfinch Norfolk
91 Goldfinch Norfolk
92 Siskin Wells Woods
93 Linnet Titchwell
94 Lesser Redpoll Wells Woods
95 Canada Goose Titchwell

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