Monday, 7 December 2015

Jackpot! Pallid Harrier, Iceland Gull, Rough-legged Buzzard and full back-up!

Martin and I grabbed a morning on the north-west Norfolk coast, starting at Fisher Fleet, KIngs Lynn for excellent views of the chunky Iceland Gull.

After a half-hour grill, we moved to Snettisham RSPB, inwardly reflecting on whether the long trudge out to the southern end of the reserve would be rewarded or not. After reassurance from Steve B and his charming wife that the Pallid Harrier was in the area, we chatted for perhaps twenty minutes before being treated to excellent fly-bys from this winged apricot! To our delight it settled on a small bush on the edge of the salt marsh. A frantic scuttle back along the track brought us all within range for reasonable shots...

On the way home, we decided to take a look at Choseley: the fields were full of Fieldfares and, unexpectedly, there were even Corn Buntings in the hedges! As we walked back to the van, we noticed a birder following something in his binoculars: we soon realised it was the reported Rough-legged Buzzard! A bit of ducking and diving found Martin and I in a field gate from which we enjoyed satisfactory views.

Last couple of worthwhile birds were a Barn Owl and Common Buzzard conveniently perched by the roadside. What an excellent day out!

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