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Friday, 4 November 2016

Shorelarks at Holkham: a flock of over 60...

A very quick run up to the North Coast started with a brief seawatch at Sheringham (just a Guillemot and a few Scoter) followed by a futile search for the Waxwings at Holt and Hooded Crow at Aylmerton.

A stroll out to the sea along the East Bank at Cley added Pintail, Curlew and several Little Egrets to the haul, but little else, so I admitted defeat and headed west to Holkham for another crack at the long-staying (but flighty) Shorelark flock. In the event (despite hordes of dog walkers and children - why weren't they in school?) I encountered Richard M and two other birders watching the flock about half a mile east of the gap. Always distant, I managed a few photos with my Sigma 150 - 500 zoom before returning to Holt and Aylmerton for further dipping!

Still: excellent to finally nail what may well be the largest flock of Shorelarks I've ever seen!

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