Friday, 18 February 2011

February 16th 2011

With Firecrest, Hawfinch and Lesser-spotted Woodpecker seen at the weekend it made sense to call in at Lynford Arboretum on way to the north Norfolk coast but alas it was a very quiet morning and we saw very little and heard even less. Our luck changed along with the weather when we arrived at Weybourne mid-day to glorious sunshine and after a prolonged search we found 5 Lapland Buntings feeding with Skylark 300 yards east of the coastguard cottages. Off shore there were 23 Red-throated Divers including a party of 8 together.
Next stop was for Shore Lark with 5 feeding on the end of the east bank and a further 22 Red-throated Divers out at sea while Cley Marsh had over a 1000 Golden plover and Barn owl while we enjoyed a coffee at the visitors centre.
Time was not on our side so moved on to Holkham Freshmarsh hoping for a Rough-legged Buzzard but the only buzzard on show was a Common but then Neville came up trumps with a close female Merlin perched and stunned us all by finding a pristine male further out on the marsh also perched. There were plenty of geese flying over plus Sparrowhawk and 2 Marsh Harrier hunting in front of us.
Spent the last hours of day light at Titchwell where we added Mandarin Duck, 2 Red-crested Pochard, 2 Eider, 2 Red-breasted Merganser, Cetties Warbler, 2 Stonechat, Water Rail and 2 Little Egret to the day list while we also had 2 Red-throated Diver, Avocet, Marsh Harrier and 5 Barn Owl.
While on the coast there were plenty of Redshank, Sanderling Knot, Ruff, Bar-tailed Godwit, Pink-footed, Graylag and Brent Geese, Pintail, Shelduck, Wigeon, Teal and many other species present.
The day ended at Hunstanton eating the best fish and chips I have had for ages before the long journey home.


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