Wednesday, 17 December 2014

North Norfolk Birding

We started the day at Wolferton hoping to pick up a sighting of Golden Pheasant, but during the time spent here, only Muntjac Deer ventured out towards the roadside.
A stop at Titchwell was next on the day's visit. The car park was alive with feeding Chaffinch, but there were no Bramblings among them today.
A confiding Robin came to feed from Brian's hand, as it did on one of last year's visits.
While myself and dad headed for Parrinder Hide in search of a needed year tick in the form of Water Pipit, Brian headed for the beach with his camera.
It was disappointing to see the water levels much higher here than we had expected, with many on the islands submerged in water.
Fresh Marsh was pretty quiet, birds noted from here were Teal, Wigeon, Bar-tailed Godwit, Dunlin, Snipe and Avocet. We failed to pick out any Water Pipits from here.
The Brackish Marsh was a similar story, Very quiet with only Redshank and Grey Plover of any note.
Brian returned from the beach, where he had enjoyed views of Grey Plover, Bar-tailed and Black-tailed Godwits, Sanderlings, Knot and brief views of three Twite.

A stop off at Lady Anne's Drive gave close up views of Pink-footed and Brent Geese along with three Grey partridge that were feeding close to the fence.

Grey Partridge

Pink-footed Goose

We had just enough time  left to head over to Cantley Marshes, where we found plenty of geese present, but in the fast fading light failed to positively pick out any Bean Geese.
Even without picking out the Bean geese the spectacle of the huge corvid flocks coming in to roost was well worth the visit on it's own.

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