Monday, 24 September 2012

North Norfolk

Had a ''Family'' weekend to Norfolk, staying at Thornham, managed a few hours birding in (of course would be rude not too!)


A walk out to Holme dunes at dawn, and with a fairly brisk Northerly it was time for a quick seawatch which produced a good number of Skua's early on before the skies cleared, a flock of 17 Bonxies flew high over the dunes and seem to head inland !a few Arctic's thru on the sea and a Leach's Petrel flew west was the highlight, otherwise it was plenty of Gannets and Auks with the odd Red throated diver past.

Yesterday's 1w R B Fly is still showing in the lone sycamore at the eastern end of the pines, and was also lucky enough to see the Yellow-browed warbler in the hand after being trapped just moments before, both superb little birds and the start of the first wave of eastern migrants to reach our shores.

After a day out in Hunstanton it was back to Holme where the Barred Warbler showed fairly well.


A much calmer day, tho an easterly breeze was looking like it was going to produce some good birds, so a walk out to Holme again produced both Spotshank and Ruff over, lots more Pinkfeet arriving and also Brambling inn off along with Siskin and two Great spot woodpeckers were fresh in.

Mipits and Chaffinch streaming overhead, and both R B Fly and Yellow brow still present, and great to see a male Brambling in the hand, thanks to the wardens.

A visit to Wells quay for lunch produced a close immature Gannet, and a filthy twitch to Burnham for the BOOTED WARBLER was surely the star bird of the weekend.



So not bad haul for just a few hours in the field.

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