Wednesday, 23 December 2015

Norfolk again

We travelled up to Norfolk again today stopping first to check out the Iceland Gull at Kings Lynn docks and we spotted the bird from the car just sitting out on the waters edge from the car park area. (I thought I needed this for a year tick forgetting the one seen in April at Loch Garten) We watched the bird for an hour then headed off in search of the reported Red-rumped Swallow that the Jims needed for a life tick. We pulled up just before Lady Anne's drive and scanned the fields. I spotted a Swallow in the distance but it moved east at speed. Shortly after we connected with the Red-rumped and a single Swallow further down the A149 by the old farm buildings. The Bird showed really well to the small crowd and we had added entertainment when a Stoat chased a Rabbit all the way across the field.

Iceland Gull
Iceland Gull at Kings Lynn
Record shot of the Red-rumped Swallow
Stoat at Holkham
At Thornham we walked the sea wall all the way to the point stopping to watch a small gathering of Twite and a couple of Stonechat. At the point we found the three Shorelark but they remained distant and mobile.

Twite at Thornham

A brief stop at Brancaster Staithe to check on the Red-necked Grebe and grab a shot of an obliging Oystercatcher and we moved on to Titchwell where news came through that the Pallid Harrier had been seen again at Flitcham. We arrived at Flitcham just as the bird was lost to view and after an hour or more waiting we left without the target although we did see a few Grey Partridge and a Barn Owl here.


Year list now 276

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