Tuesday, 17 January 2017

Iceland Gull. Thetford

This mornings birding trip began at Lynford Arboretum. The light wast just beginning to improve as we left the car park with the temperature not much more than 1-2 degrees.
We headed South along the edge of the arboretum over the bridge towards the paddocks. Several scans of the area later and no Hawfinch to be seen. I began scanning the surrounding pine trees running along the Western edge of the paddocks and finally managed to locate two Hawfinch. Having reached the Southern end of the paddocks we got lucky when two Crossbill were heard calling overhead. At the second bridge we put some seed down on the pillars and soon were rewarded with close views of Nuthatch, Marsh Tit and Coal Tit. On the walk back we found a sizable flock of Siskin and several Brambling feeding on the ground.

Holkham Hall

We left Lynford and headed for an industrial estate on Burrell Way only 12 miles from Lynford  A short walk from the car park to view the gulls roosting on the Plumb Center building and almost immediately the Iceland Gull pops into view. Several times the gulls got spooked and took to the air, but would land again close by or back on the same building.

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