Thursday, 25 October 2012

Norfolk again

I was preparing to blog yesterdays trip when another chance to visit Norfolk coast came up so re-packed my gear, grabbed a few hours sleep, and found my self at Wareham Greens at dawn watching 2 Barn Owl and a Short-eared Owl as we prepared for our coastal footpath walk to Stiffkey.
It was still cloudy but much better visibility and though we could have driven straight to Stiffkey we wanted to look for migrants and managed 2 Chiffchaff, Willow Warbler, Blackcap, 3 Ring Ouzel, 100 Blackbird, 400 Fieldfare, 70 Song Thrush, 800 Redwing, 100 Robin and 3 Brambling but despite a prolonged search of camp site wood we failed to find the Red-flanked Blue-tail but did have good views of 2 Yellow-browed Warbler, 6 Ring Ousel and a Black Redstart. The coastal marsh had Peregrine, 2 Marsh Harrier, 10 Little Egret, Stonechat and Spotted Redshank.
Next stop was Brancaster Staithe for another look at the Arctic Warbler which was accompanied by a Yellow-browed Warbler plus 4 Ring Ousel in adjoining field before an urgent need of bacon and eggs beckoned.
Once the happy head was back on we did Wells Wood where we managed to arrive near the dell just as a Red-breasted Flycatcher had been located but did not show very well. Other species here included Woodcock, Blackcap, Siskin and Brambling. A look at the sea produce 2 Guillemot, Red-throated Diver, 2 female Red-breasted Merganser, 5 Great-crested Grebe and 16 Common Scoter.
Final stop was for the Little Bunting at Burnham Overy Staithe where we also saw 2 Barn Owl.

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