Sunday, April 03, 2005

Norfolk 3/4

Today was spent in North Norfolk, in search of a few migrants. First stop was Wolferton for the traditional dip on Golden Pheasants. However, for once, thanks to Josh by chance crossing the road to look on the other side, we had a corking male. A lifer for us! A nearby site produced Tree Pipits, Woodlarks, 3 Crossbills and a Goshawk all in a 20-minute spell, which for the area was quite something.

We then moved on to Salthouse where we encountered Sandwich Tern for the year and a couple of Wheatears on one of the hills. Reports were coming through of plenty of migrants on Beeston Bump, so thats where we next headed. On the ploughed field we managed 2 Black Redstarts, 3 White Wagtails, 8 Wheatears (including a Greenland-looking bird) and plenty of Meadow Pipits.

Wheatear spp, Beeston Bump © Josh Jones

Quite pleased with our haul of migrants, we headed back to Titchwell hopefully to see a few good birds. We heard Sedge Warbler, and saw and heard Cetti's Warbler. Offshore we had a few Long-tailed Ducks and a couple of female Velvet Scoters, but nothing outstanding.

Snipe, Titchwell RSPB © Josh Jones

Avocet, Titchwell RSPB © Josh Jones

And so a good day came to an end, with four year ticks for Josh and more for Will, not to mention plenty a good migrants such as the Black Reds. Top day.


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