Serin,Isla's middle name...

Serin,Isla's middle name...

Thursday, 18 October 2012

A week in Paradise

Well 4 days actually,but a cracking time in Norfolk,birding for a few days.
Started off Monday morning where we went to Kelling,got the Pectoral sandpiper straight away,had a Lapland Bunting fly over and Egyptian geese in the field with a Little egret,a few of the usual ducks etc but sadly not to much else.It started to rain after an hour or so,so i decided to head up the coast.
Got to Salthouses which is the next village up,nothing much there but the weather was pretty pants in all honesty.A few finches and another fly over Lapland was about all from the car park.
Headed off to book into my B & B,after that visited Holkham,had marsh tit,treecreeper,plenty of goldcrest,heard a firecrest but didnt see it.Also had Buzzards and a Possible rough legged Buzzard.
Had a ringtail Hen Harrier fly over the car on the way back,as well as an Owl.
Tuesday i spent the whole day at Titchwell,very very windy although it did die down a bit towards the end of the afternoon,not too much about,plenty of the usual stuff etc,a flyover Spoonbill and a Red Crested Pochard towards the end of the day.Then went on to a spot between Burnham norton and Burnham Overy to get Barn Owl pics,am a bit dissapointed with how they came out but will get some better ones soon.
Yesterday we headed off to Holme first thing,very quiet at seas,plenty of waders on the ground but a bit too far for us,lots of plvers,knots etc.We then headed to Thornham Harbour where we had Spoonbill within a few feet of us in a creek.
After this we headed back to Titchwell,nothing much happening then but as soon as we got to the beach,news came in of an Egyptian Vulture about 10 miles down the coast,heading our way.We waited for a while then news came in that it was grounded at holkham,so we headed there,as soon as we got there,sprinted,well lightly jogged up a lane we were told it had gone,we tried all afternoon to catch up with it but gave up around 5pm.I know it was an escapee but its not every day you see a vulture roaming the english countryside so it would of been nice to see,wild or not.
Today we went to Cley,well started at Salthouse,had a seawatch,bit busier today than previous days,had a pom skua,red throat divers,guillemots,a few scoters etc before moving on to Cley where on the Eastbank i had plenty of Bearded tits where i got a few decent shots of,then onto the Western Rumped Sandpiper which was elusive at first but i ended up getting it quite close but the shots arent brilliant.
A Cracking trip,worth the time spent up there,not many rareties but just as enjoyable.

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