Thursday, 10 March 2016

Fantastic day on the north coast! Lapland Buntings, Rock Pipits, Water Rail, Barn Owls and Bramblings!

A rare opportunity for Brian, Norman and I to visit the north coast together: Norman's post-operation convalescence has been lengthy but, thankfully, successful...

He hadn't seen the long-staying Lapland Buntings, so Blakeney Quay was first stop. The walk out to the favoured 'bend in the path' was enlivened by a Pale-bellied Brent and an extraordinarily confiding Barn Owl: he was totally unconcerned as we stopped to take his portrait!

A very brief wait at the gate was soon rewarded with seven individuals approaching quite close and posing nicely for us all: at least a dozen Twite flew over, but didn't stop.

We moved on to Titchwell, where several Bramblings lurked by the main path: at our feet an atypically tame Water Rail splashed around and preened for twenty minutes!

Little to get the juices flowing on the lagoons, but there were three Rock Pipits on the dry pool and a spectacularly-coloured pipit nearby that suggested something rarer. See what you think!


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