Wednesday, 18 February 2015

A Norfolk tick!

Martin Read and I spent a delightful day in the Brecks, enjoying the warmth on our old bones and a few decent birds too!

First stop was Ampton, where a ten metre walk put us in front of a flock of 25 or so Tree Sparrows, including a silver-ringed youngster. Overhead, Buzzards called incessantly and squabbled with the corvids!

A move up the road to the pig fields was largely fruitless: lots of gulls, but all the large ones were a kilometre away! Amazing to see large parties (30+) of Shelduck on the fields and in flight.

We travelled west to Santon Downham arriving five minutes too late for the Shrike. While we were standing around, however, we saw a couple of Ravens displaying overhead. At first we were a little confused by their 'ungronklike' call, but my photo (and expertise of ace birder Steve and his posse) were conclusive! I think I've seen a Raven in Norfolk before, but my records (from Buckenham & Horsey) weren't accepted by the CRC, so this was, I'm vaguely embarrassed to admit, was a Norfolk tick!

Lunch at Brown's then home via Salhouse. No sign of the exotic ducks, but a Chiffchaff was calling continuously from the willows.








 


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