Tuesday, 20 January 2015

Twite, Rough-legs, Kites.... A fantastic day on the North Coast!

Martin picked me up nice and early and we headed through the frosty by-ways to a Waxwing-free Cromer!

Undeterred, we carried on to Cley, where a walk along the East Bank produced to-die-for views of 40+ Bearded Tits, a Stonechat and a really dapper Little Egret. Reaching the end, we elected to walk eastwards: great decision! Within two hundred metres we were scoping a mixed flock of 50+ Snow Buntings and slightly more Twite: unexpectedly, as we stood on the shingle, the flock flew over to look at us, giving fabulous views!

After coffee at the reserve centre, we headed west, stopping at Holkham to scan for Beans & Brants: no sign of either, but the first of ten Red Kites flew over, while a confiding Pink-footed Goose posed just a few metres from the car. As we headed westwards, an amazingly pale Common Buzzard sat in a tree, trying to confuse passers by!

Last stop was Burnham Norton: having parked by the side of the road, we walked down the 'beach path' and soon found a distant Rough-legged Buzzard perched on a fence. At one point it flew nearer to dislodge a Buzzard (or a second RLB!) from a bush. Loads more Kites, dozens of Marsh Harriers and Common Buzzards and a distant Short-eared Owl completed a fabulous day in the sunshine!


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