Sunday, 23 February 2014

North Norfolk Trip

Saturday 22nd Feb 2014.
A trip to North Norfolk with Paul and Brendan. On route we decided to keep a "day list" which we started just the other side of Ely (Cambs). All of the following were seen from the car before we made our first stop. Buzzard, Rook, Mistle Thrush, Wood Pigeon, Pheasant, Black-headed Gull, Starling, Magpie, Tufted Duck, Blackbird, Collared Dove, Carrion Crow, Chaffinch, Goldfinch.

We had an idea our route to Norfolk might take us close to Welney so we decided to take a slight detour to view the fields hoping for some wild Swans. At first we found just a few Mutes but then in a field near Ten Mile Bank about a dozen Hoopers were grazing. Also on the telephone wires in this area a Corn Bunting. Added to our "day list" in this area were; Jackdaw, House Sparrow, Grey Heron, Mute Swan, Meadow Pipit, Skylark, Red-legged Partridge, Lesser Black Backed Gull, Corn Bunting, Fieldfare, Whooper Swan, Little Egret, Great Tit, Stock Dove, Pied wagtail, Mallard, Robin, Greylag Goose.

Next up was a spot of kerb crawling around the Wolferton or Golden Triangle, near Sandringham. Again no luck with Golden Pheasant although we did add a Great Black Backed Gull to our day list seen in a field near to Wolferton.

We then headed for Titchwell next with a stop at Choseley. 2 nice male Brambling were the best birds seen here. Also added to our day list at Choseley; Common Gull, Yellowhammer, Golden Plover, Dunnock, Lapwing, Greenfinch, Brambling, Linnet, Reed Bunting, Oystercatcher.

At Titchwell nothing too exciting, Velvet Scoter probably the best on offer. Added to our day list at Titchwell; Curlew, Redshank, Blue Tit, Avocet, Shelduck, Teal, Wigeon, Dunlin, Ringed Plover, Moorhen, Coot, Gadwall, Shoveler, Brent Goose, Pintail, Snipe, Cormorant, Turnstone, Sanderling, Common Scoter, Velvet Scoter, Red-breasted Merganser, Kestrel, Black-tailed Godwit, Bar-tailed Godwit, Little Grebe.

Next was a stop at Holkham Pines. No sign of any Rough-legged Buzzard, over 100 White-fronted Goose the best here. Also added to our day list at Holkham; Marsh Harrier, White-fronted Goose, Egyptian Goose, Pink-footed Goose, Ruff, Red Kite, Sparrowhawk. Interestingly on a quick stop between Holkham and Wells on route to Holt Country Park we noted a Small Tortoishell!

At Holt Country Park or more accurately Edgefield we failed to see any Parrot Crossbill in the hour and a half we were there. We did manage 3 Common Crossbill including a male that showed well for about an hour. Additions to our day list here; Common Crossbill, Great-spotted Woodpecker, Coal Tit, Long-tailed Tit.

Our final stop of the day and a decent one at that was Stiffkey. Hen Harrier (2m and 1 ringtail) and a male Merlin were a nice end to our day. Well done if you managed to get all the way down to the bottom of this post! Paul F's the pics below.

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