Sunday, 1 September 2013

Return to North Norfolk

Saturday 31st August 2013.
Another day on the North Norfolk coast, this time with Dave and Brendan.

We decided to stop briefly on route at Lynford Arboretum. A Two-barred Crossbill and had been seen here, so we decided to have a quick look. We spent just over 45 minutes near the visitors centre but although there were 50 plus Common Crossbills, neither us, or any of the other birders on site could locate the Two-barred.

Our next stop was near Choseley not too far from Titchwell. We had seen Grey Partridge here on many occasions but no luck this time. However, a Clouded Yellow was a nice surprise. Then up the road to Choseley Drying Barns. Not too much to see here either except for 3 nice Yellow Wagtails in amongst a big flock of Pied Wagtails.

Onwards to Titchwell. As usual a nice selection of waders were to be found here the best of which were 20+ Curlew Sandpiper, 4 Little Stint and a couple of Spotted Redshank. 14 Spoonbill in flight, a Hobby and a Pink-footed Goose also worthy of mention.
A brief seawatch produced; Common Tern, Sandwich Tern, Eider, Common Scoter and best of all 5 Arctic Skua. The usual Sanderling on the beach and also a Wheatear.

Next up was Holme Dunes where we were hoping to see a Wryneck. Brendan knew exactly how to get to Holme so we dispensed with the twat-nav. When we arrived at Holkham Pines it became obvious we should have used the sat-nav! Anyway after our detour we eventually arrived at Holme. Despite a good bit of searching by ourselves and many other birders we could not locate the Wryneck. It had apparently flown to an area beyond the Creek and was out of site. Whilst in the dunes we did see 3 Wheatear, a nice male Redstart, Whinchat and thermalling over a distant wood were 5 Buzzard.
It was getting quite late in the day now so we headed for home. We made 3 stops on the way.
Our first was a ploughed field near Ringstead, here we saw c100 Golden Plover and c12 Stock Dove.

The next was a return visit to Lynford Arboretum. Only one flyover Crossbill this time and a fair sized mixed flock of Tits and Goldcrest were seen this time. We didn’t stay long as the light was not good in amongst the pines.

As it was on our route we made a quick stop in the Brecks at a reliable Stone Curlew site. None were to be seen. I did see c25 here on 27th August last year but one week later there were none so I suspect they have departed for warmer climes. A low flying Buzzard making an unusual call did give us some entertainment. 

A good day that just needed a “star” bird.
92 species were seen. A full list can be found further down this page underneath my usual top quality photo’s.

Curlew Sandpiper-Titchwell

Ringed Plover-Titchwell

Little Stint-Titchwell
Little Stint-Titchwell
Little Stint-Titchwell

Mixed Waders in flight-Titchwell
14 Spoonbill-Titchwell
Black-tailed Godwit-Titchwell

Lynford Arboretum; Blue Tit, Chaffinch, Coal Tit, Common Crossbill, Goldcrest, Great Tit, Nuthatch, Siskin, Swallow.

Choseley; Buzzard, Goldfinch, Greenfinch, Marsh Harrier, Pied Wagtail, Whitethroat, Yellow Wagtail.

Titchwell; Arctic Skua, Avocet, Bar-tailed Godwit, Black-tailed Godwit, Blackbird, Canada Goose, Chiffchaff, Common Gull, Common Scoter, Coot, Cormorant, Curlew Sandpiper, Curlew, Dunlin, Dunnock, Eider, Gadwall, Gannet, Great-crested Grebe, Greylag Goose, Grey Plover, Heron, Herring Gull, Hobby, Kestrel, Knot, Lapwing, Linnet, Little Egret, Little Grebe, Little Stint, Mute Swan, Pink-footed Goose,  Red-crested Pochard, Redshank, Reed Bunting, Ringed Plover, Robin, Ruff, Sanderling, Sandwich Tern, Shelduck, Shoveler, Snipe, Spoonbill, Spotted Redshank, Starling, Teal, Tufted Duck, Turnstone, Wheatear, Wigeon, Wren.

Holme; Green Sandpiper, Long-tailed Tit, Meadow Pipit, Redstart, Sparrowhawk, Whinchat.

Ringstead; Golden Plover, Stock Dove.

Norfolk general area; Black-headed Gull, Carrion Crow, Collared Dove, House Martin, House Sparrow, Jackdaw, Lesser Black-backed Gull, Magpie, Mallard, Moorhen, Pheasant, Red-legged Partridge, Rook, Wood Pigeon, Yellowhammer.

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