Sunday, 6 March 2016

Lapland Buntings at Blakeney Freshmarsh

Since news started to filter through regarding the reliability of Lapland Bunting at Blakeney I've fancied the trip in the hope of first seeing them and hopefully capturing a couple of images too.

Lapland Bunting
I picked up the Jims and we headed north arriving in the car park at the harbour around 7.15am.
Walking along the sea wall with a strong wind and temperatures only just above freezing we made our way to the sea wall and quickly found a small mixed flock feeding around the NT Reserve gate.
Lapland Bunting, Reed Bunting, Twite, Meadow pipit, Skylark and a single Stonechat entertained us for the next hour or so before the cold got the better of us and we headed back to the car for a warm up.

Reed Bunting
Next stop was Cley where we walked out along the East bank and followed the shingle ridge to the east to find a small party of Snow Bunting feeding at the far end. Sadly a dead porpoise was found washed up on the beach before we left and headed into the reserve for a coffee.

Snow Bunting

A quick dip on the Red-necked Grebe at Brancaster left the old man still looking for a year tick on it but we did connect with Fulmar gliding along the cliffs at Hunstanton.

Fulmar at Hunstanton Cliff
Wigeon at Salthouse

Year list now 178

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