Sunday, 2 February 2014

Not enough daylight hours

Rach a friend Rich and I headed for North Norfolk today. We started on the A47 near Acle bridge where i wanted to check the 80 or so Swans i see distantly everyday on my way to work, bins arnt powerful enough, i was sure they were gonna be Whoopers or even better Bewicks, disappointingly they were ALL Mute Swan, at least its put that to bed!!!
So we made our way to Wolfreton Triangle where we waited for the male Golden Pheasant to appear and it wasn't more than 2 minuets before it made its way out the undergrowth and fed on the grass verge for 3 or 4 minuets, brilliant lifer for Rach.  Singing from the nearby fields were Woodlark, another year tick woohoo  
No Golden pheasent in this pic but it was there on the left ;-)

Moved onto Dudewell, ok Titchwell, here were a nice selection of birds 2 Red Kite, a Ring tailed Hen Harrier and 2 Scaup. A good selection of common stuff as well including a very fancy Golden Plover.A Color ring Black-tailed Godwit too.

Next onto Chosley Barns, no sign of any Corn Buntings at the barn so i had a walk down the hedgerow and picked up 6 Yellow Hammer and a nice Brambling. Then back at the barns 2 cracking Corn Buntings.

Nest stop was Burnham Staithe where there was a juv Spotted Redshank, got camera out but it vanished, weird!
Lunch at Wells, good old Frenchies Fish Chips n Curry yum yum...  2 Shag in the Harbour, lots of Dark Bellied Brent Geese and a Red Kite flew over....

Onto Cley and a quick stop for Glossy Ibis just before it flew out of sight and then onto the beach car park here was the Black Brant and a Pale Bellied Brent Goose, so got all three today, didn't get the camera out it was a tick n run this one. Onto Gramborough Hill Salthouse for fly over views and 5 second deck views of the Richards Pipit.
It was now getting late so a trip around Holt was going to be our last stop, didn't see anything significant here. We wanted to visit Horsey for the Smew and Aylmerton for the Bean goose but just ran out of light, still a great day shouldn't be too greedy ;-)

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