Saturday, 22 January 2011

January 22nd 2011

It was my turn to go looking at other peoples birds. Being in better health than my last trip to Norfolk today’s visit was purely about seeing as much as possible while secretly hoping my third attempt at the Northern Harrier would be successful.
It’s well known I’m not a lover of geese but started the day at Cantley Marshes where there is a regular over wintering flock of Taiga Bean Geese which I enjoyed seeing at least 80 birds plus the bonus of adult Lesser White-fronted Goose along with 300+ European White-fronted Geese then it was on to the north Norfolk coast.
After good views of 10 Lapland Buntings feeding in stubble field east of the coastguard cottages at Weybourne we moved on to the Cley next the Sea where a male American Wigeon was on Popes Marsh - also around here were Water Pipit, Marsh Harrier, Peregrine and Little Egret.
Heading for Titchwell a ring-tail Hen Harrier flew across the A149 near Stiffkey while the Rough-legged Buzzard was still on the marshes east of Burnham Overy along with Common Buzzard, Barn Owl, Ruff and thousands of Pink-footed Geese.
At Titchwell the Northern Harrier flew towards Thornham as we walked towards the beach so third time lucky while on the sea 3 Velvet Scoter, 4 Eider, female Red-breasted Merganser plus the usual Common Scoter flock. On the way back to the car park 36 Twite, Water Pipit, 30 Skylark, 3 Little Egret, 3 Snow Bunting, Bearded Tit, 2 Marsh Harrier, ring-tail Hen Harrier, Siskin and Stonechat noted.


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