Monday, December 28, 2015

Norfolk Gold

A really fantastic day in Norfolk again - much cooler than of late, high cloud and that light that I keep going on about.  The sun - hanging low in the sky and peeking through the clouds like a nosey neighbour through the venetian blinds.

Plenty of highlights today:

Golden Pheasant - a new bird - seen at Wolverton Triangle and snapped through the back window of the car as it crept along the verge before disappearing into the thickets.

Pallid Harrier - cracking views through the hide at Abbey Farm.  A stunning bird that has been present now for a while, posing in front of the hide with frequent sorties around the pastures.  At one point it sat out on the field observing a rabbit kill by a resident Stoat.  A wonderful moment of nature to witness.  This was my 2nd for the UK and 3rd for the WP.

Rough-legged Buzzard - found this bird at Holkham Freshmarsh.  Having arrived five minutes too late for the Red-Rumped Swallow that had duly disappeared, I decided to leave the assembled crowd and try my luck further down the road towards Holkham.  Parking in a layby, I chanced upon this gorgeous Buzzard that sat on top of a tree for a few minutes before flying inland.

Twite - a flock of around 20 seen on the approach road to Thornham Point.

Tree Sparrow - at least 3 at Abbey Farm.

Barn Owl - 3 seen today.  One south of Kings Lynn, one along the A149, and one at Titchwell RSPB.

Marsh Harrier - at least 13 seen today including a pre-roost group of 10 birds at Titchwell.

Peregrine - one over Thornham Point.

Velvet Scoter - one bird flew west at Titchwell.

Common Scoter - 3 on the sea at Titchwell.

Brambling - a few calling at Wolferton, and one by the feeders at Titchwell.

Greenshank - a surprise of one at Titchwell.

Bar-Tailed Godwit - at least 15 along the shoreline at Titchwell.

Black-tailed Godwit - at least 20 on the marsh at Titchwell.

Avocet - 22 on the marsh at Titchwell.

Grey Plover - 3 on the shoreline at Titchwell.

Sanderling - 2 along the shoreline at Titchwell.

Common Snipe - small groups flying over at Titchwell.

Stoat - one pursuing and successfully taking out a rabbit at Abbey Farm, Flitcham.

Stoat smashing a Rabbit seen from the hide at Abbey Farm - Flitcham, Norfolk

Common Skate - one found dead on the beach at Titchwell.

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