Saturday, 9 November 2013

The last week in summary

After a week in Norfolk where I connected with 114 species and three new birds for the year I have decided to list a few of my favorite shots from the week. One of the added highlights of the week was watching the migration of Starlings, Thrushes and Woodpigeons as they all made the journey across the water to our shores and I watched thousands pouring in whilst on my daily sea watch from various Norfolk beaches.

I enjoyed good views of both Barn Owl and Short-eared Owl as well as hearing a good few Tawny Owls during the week.

Barn Owl
Short-eared Owl

Barn Owl
Of course the Grey Phalarope was the bird of the week and showed down to a few feet at times.

Grey Phalarope
With the Phalarope at Salthouse I of course enjoyed good views of the Turnstones with more distant views of Snow Bunting and a fly over Lapland Bunting too.

Turnstone at Salthouse
The Shore Larks at Yarmouth were another highlight if only the weather had been kinder for the camera.

Shore Lark at Great Yarmouth
And of course the Crossbills which are alway great to watch.

Female Crossbill
Male Crossbill
The Barn we stayed in was very comfortable and gave lovely views across open farmland and achieved our goal of being completely firework free to the delight of our dog who has a really hard time dealing with them.

Puddle Barn
Puddle Barn is in Matlaske about 6 miles south of Sheringham and about 9 miles from Cley Marsh so not a bad location for exploring the north coast giving real peace and quiet whilst close enough to travel north for the nature reserves etc mind you in winter the narrow roads from the barn do get a little messy so the wife's car needed a good wash this morning before it's MOT which thankfully it passed with ease.
The year list has moved to a new high of 283 and I've moved a year older but roll on the next trip and the next bird.

Thanks again Suzanne X


  1. Hi Brian

    I have popped over from Suzanne's blog, Of course she has another wonderful card,
    I had to see your Barn Owl (I love them). There's not many left these days so just seeing one is a joy, your photos are wonderful and such a variety of birds we don't see over here in Somerset.
    Glad you had a lovely birthday.

  2. Thanks for the kind comments Kay & Margaret, much appreciated