Monday, 14 May 2012

Norfolk Part 3

Day 6 12th May 
Another none birding day but I did still do my early morning on the heath, but usual stuff, Turtle dove, Woodlark, Stonechat and Marsh Tit.

A Walk during the day took us from Cromer to the Lighthouse on the hill and around the town, nice views but once again few birds. Common and Lesser Whitethroats, Common andLittle Terns out to sea and Fulmars nesting on the cliffs. A few Yellow Wagtails still passing.

Common Whitethroat

Northern Wheatear
Day 7 13th May
Sunday lye in day, not much movement still the winds are all wrong so stayed in bed, getting the wife's site seeing done whilst theres no birds about....Eventually we had a walk along Burnham Overy Staith the walk was a bit tedious with a few Little Tern, Grey Plover and Little Egrets.

Grey Plover
Little Egret

Eventually we Got to the dunes and I noticed a white blob in the field, I got the scope on it and was surprised to see a Sacred Ibis, ok so its and escape but as the day was very quite it was the best bird so far. We moved on and had a wander through the dunes but again it was very very quite, 4 Wheatear were the only migrants in the dunes. On the way back I was scoping the fields for the Ibis again when a Drake Garganey flew past and into a pool that wasn't visible from the path. A walk back produced nothing new unfortunately..  A report of a Male Red Footed falcon from not far away so we went for a drive around but no sign unfortunately. Driving back I finally picked up my first Grey Partridge of the trip. Finished the day with a walk around the site but every wheres very quite.
Sacred Ibis

Grey Partridge

Grey Partridge
Day 8 14th May
Today was another quiet days birding, these Northerly winds are playing havoc with any migrating birds. Another drive along the coast starting at Salthouse, then Cley, 3 Spoonbill and Adult Med gull, 1st Summer Little Gull and best bird so far a fly through Hobby. Onto Blakeney where a or the same Hobby came through and another Short-eared Owl which showed really well. Also with the Dark Bellied Brent Geese a Pale Bellied Bird... no Black Brant though.
After this we moved to North Creake to see if there were any Monties but none, 2 Red Kite though and up-to 5 Common Buzzard. After this I moved onto Kelling in the pouring rain and got to hear my first Firecrest of the year.  

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