Sunday, 19 March 2017

North Norfolk

We booked Kelling Heath early on in the week without looking at the forecast properly. The Week ahead was awesome nice sunny and warm so Chiffchaffs were evident on the patch.

Anyway come this weekend and the weather changed dramatically to windy and wet. The Tent went up anyway and we made the best of what we could. The heath was sunny first thing in the morning so i managed to find 2 Basking Adders and 5 Common Lizards.



Further round i was lucky to see briefly a Dartford Warbler and 2 Woodlarks in flight. Then a nice Red Kite. A pale Buzzard had me looking twice for a Rough Legged Buzzard but no such luck. Funny really as today a Rough legged buzzard was reported from Kelling and then re identified as a Common Buzzard.
Anyway walked the East Bank of Cley and found my first Little Ringed Plover of the year and possibly the first at Cley this year too.




The Black Brant was still present with a few Dark Bellied Brents.



We finished the day walking from Morston to Stiffkey Fen. It was quiet along the way and we only got 9 Adult Med Gulls on the fen to show for it. I made the most of a wet dreary old day.



Today wasnt much better, Chiffchaff and Brambling from the tent but nothing of note on the heath or at Cley so headed towards Titchwell stopping at Holkham where a distant Great White Egret was still present, also a lone White fronted Goose.
At Titchwell 15 Velvet Scoters.

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Also 5 Red Crested Pochards, 6 Pintails and usual Waders and Geese but nothing special.


 

Decided to call it a day just after lunch and head home.

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