Friday, 16 January 2015

Kites, Rough-legs, Short-ears, Barnie... Great day in North Norfolk!

Martin & I snatched a day together in North Norfolk: a great decision!

Starting off at Sparham Pools, we failed to locate the Great White Egret, but a flock of 5 Bullfinches (all male!) and two Goosander were some compensation. From there we moved up to the coast, picking up a diurnal Barn Owl and a covey of ten Grey Partridge on the way.

The famous lay-by at Burnham Norton produced distant views of Short-eared Owl and Rough-legged Buzzard, as well as Common Buzzard and Barnacle Goose. Titchwell was not over-productive, although there were some nice waders, including Grey Plover, Spotted Redshank and both Godwits. The sea was really quiet, but we added Red-breasted Merganser to the year list!

We drifted home via New Holkham, where - with incredible good fortune - we picked up ten or more Red Kites and three Buzzards going intro roost: they appeared and vanished in minutes!
















 

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