Saturday, 20 December 2008

North Norfolk

Had a very successful trip to Norfolk with Eddie and Sam, all seeing new species of birds.
We started the day at Salthouse to try and see the snow buntings as Sam had not seen them before. It didn't take long before we were watching them flying and feeding along the beach. Great start to the day!
Things got even better when the glaucous gull, who has been there for a while, flew in and landed right near us, having forgotten that this was about we were very excited when it found us, a new bird for all three of us and a very charismatic little guy:
Here are a few photos of the snow buntings, managed a few dodgy flight shots aswell:

The turnstone here are very tame aswell:
Next we moved on to Holkham gap where we didnt see much other than sanderling, but this was new for Sam.
After not spending long enough to make the £3.50 parking fee worth it we headed on to RSPB Titchwell hoping to do some sea watching and see some hen harriers.

Highlights here included:
well over 1000 common scoter
Many Red Breasted Mergansers
Close views of a sanderling (pic below)
Merlin putting up all the lapwings
Female Hen Harrier over the marsh, fantastic bird and a new one for Ed.

After this we went to thr drying barns behind Titchwel hoping to see the hen harrier roost and maybe see some owls.
Well the owls didn't appear but we had fantastic views of another female hen harrier hunting over the field next to us.

We also had the added bonus of having a female merlin fly along side the car when we were driving home!!
Still no bloody waxwings though!!!

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