Thursday, 10 December 2015

Cley village ,Blakeney breakdown and lots of tits in the Brecks

The morning of the 9th was full of expectation  before breakfast we drove to Blakeney when
the accelerator peddle snapped off Pauls car .lots of expletives however Paul the BA mechanic soldiered on but no red necked grebe in the river.
So a quick look at Salthouse produced Red throated diver,then it was Wiveton where a pair
of bullfinch was good,finally before breakfast Marsh lane hosted a number of passerines including
chiff chaff and goldcest.
After breakfast we concurred to leave early as the car may struggle home,our last port of call on
route home was Lynford Arboretum where lots of tits and finches were on show.
Marsh,Coal,Blue,Great and Long tailed, Bramblings and fleeting Hawfinch.
Arrived home early with 96 species in 2 short days . A nice Brit tick with Pallid Harrier
making 362 species for Britain.

Titchwell late afternoon and leaving early for the Brecks on the 9th

On arrival at Titchwell would you believe another two barn owls quartering its boundarys.
Walking through the reserve marsh harriers and photogenic teal showed.
Moving to the Salt marsh a number of Bar wits obliged along with Little Egret.
A small variety of waders included grey plover,redshank,avocet,knot and dunlin.

We left just prior to dusk seeing another barn owl at Burnham Overy,followed by
another at Holkham where a few Whitefronts were amongst the Pinkfeet.
Darkness descended and the rain arrived at The George in Cley.

Norfolk in pursuit of Pallid Harrier

On the 8TH of December Lewis and I headed directly to Kings Lynn via Ely and Welney,following the sat nav to the Fleet it took us to North Fleet farm where after flushing some Red legs the local
farmer directed us to the Fleet where the Iceland gull duly obliged.
Next stop was Snettisham RSPB where Curlew and Grey partridge showed near the car park.
It was great to see Grey Partidges close as in SWHerts they are as rare as rocking horse ----
a few record shots was good here.
A long walk ensued along the gravel pits to the Southern marsh where up to two
Barn owls were obliging,while watching one the Pallid Harrier sneaked up on us and
gave us a fly past over the salt marsh.

It flew past this Beds birder then we manged a few more record shots before it disappeared
with its prey.
On  leaving the reserve we saw huge flocks of golden drummers(plovers) bootiful
Bernard over the Wash.
Another Barn Owl obliged

on the way out near some pines which was nice
A  charm of Goldfinch and Linnet along the shoreline ended a lovely afternoon here.