Sunday, 29 September 2013

Burnham Overy Again

A days birding in Norfolk with Paul, Brendan and Dave. Our intention was to be in Norfolk because lots of good stuff was going to turn up! Of course this didn't happen and we didn't even manage a consolation Yellow-browed Warbler, although we did try twice at Wells Woods and once at Holkham Pines. "Pay and Display" don't you just luv em?!.
We did keep a Norfolk day list and you can see this below.
Our first brief stop in Norfolk was near North Creake, we had seen Grey Partridge here previously but no luck this time. We did manage Red Kite and Buzzard in the same dead tree and also Stock Dove and a large flock of Golden Plover. On to Burnham Overy the highlights of our visit here were; Brambling, Grey Partridge, Egyptian Goose and Pink-footed Goose on our walk along the track towards the sea wall. From the sea wall the more noteworthy birds; Bearded Tit, Grey Plover, Brent Goose. Nothing in the bushes near the boardwalk so we had a seawatch. The best birds seen were; Arctic Skua (close in along the beach), Guillemot, Common Scoter, Red-throated Diver, "Comic " Terns (very distant). Over to Wells Woods, very quiet here with not a lot to add to our day list. The news services were reporting a Yellow-browed Warbler at Holkham, so we made our way there. After a long walk to the west end of the pines we joined a handful of other birders hoping to connect with the Yellow-browed. No luck in the hour that we spent searching and our car park money was only for 2 hours. Now the news services we were reporting a Yellow-browed in Wells Woods. This time near the "drinking pool". None of us new where the drinking pool was but a very helpful birder gave us some good directions and we also bumped into him at Wells.  So we made our way to the drinking pool, on the way we were lucky enough to connect with a Pied Flycatcher. On reaching the drinking pool we were unable to connect with any birds except a low flyover Buzzard. A quick look for the Pied Flycatcher on our walk back produced a bit of a surprise in shape of a Redwing. So no biggies but a nice day out in glorious sunshine all the same. Our day list pretty much in the order the birds were seen. Paul's pics below and day list further down. Pink-footed Goose and Gypo, Bearded Tit, Golden Plover all at Burnham Overy.

1 Wood Pigeon
2 Lapwing
3 Lesser black-backed Gull
4 Jackdaw
5 Carrion Crow
6 Mistle Trush
7 Magpie
8 Collared Dove
9 Pheasant
10 Red-legged Partridge
11 Starling
12 Pied Wagtail
13 Rook
14 Mallard
15 Moorhen
16 Goldfinch
17 Long-tailed tit
18 Red Kite
19 Buzzard
20 Jay
21 Golden Plover
22 Stock Dove
23 Marsh Harrier
24 Skylark
25 Greylag Goose
26 Dunnock
27 Robin
28 Linnet
29 Egyptian Goose
30 Pink-footed Goose
31 Blue Tit
32 Great Tit
33 Meadow Pipit
34 Wren
35 Curlew
36 Grey Heron
37 Cormorant
38 Brambling
39 Grey Partridge
40 Chaffinch
41 Black-tailed Godwit
42 Brent Goose
43 Dunlin
44 Grey Plover
45 Redshank
46 Great black-backed Gull
47 Wigeon
48 Teal
49 Ringed Plover
50 Turnstone
51 Shelduck
52 Kestrel
53 Reed Bunting
54 Oystercatcher
55 Bearded Tit
56 Sanderling
57 Guillemot
58 Red-throated Diver
59 Gannet
60 Arctic Skua
61 Common Gull
62 Common Scoter
63 "Comic" Tern
64 Black-headed Gull
65 Herring Gull
66 Little Egret
67 Little Grebe
68 Goldcrest
69 Treecreeper
70 Chiffchaff
71 Pied Flycatcher
72 Coal Tit
73 House Sparrow
74 Blackbird

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