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Bristol and Avon Bird

Sightings

Norfolk February 2015

Mildenhall, Lakenheath, Lynford & Salthouse  
21st February 2015

We went to Norfolk for Mum’s birthday weekend. We popped into Mildenhall to see if the Waxwing was still about. The 1st Winter Female was first seen on top of a birch tree. Then it flew onto some berries in the bush. It perched on top of a small tree to digest the berries before flying down for more. Afterwards it flew back to the birch tree and we went back to the car. As we were close to Lakenheath, we thought we would pop into the visitor centre and have a look on the feeders. There were Reed Buntings, Greenfinches, Chaffinches, Blue & Great Tits. We went to look at Lynford Arboretum to look for Hawfinches. We saw Marsh Tits, Blue, Great & Coal Tits, Grey Squirrel & Nuthatch. We finally spotted a Male Hawfinch feeding right at the back of the feeding station. He was joined briefly by a Female. I only managed a couple of distant record shots. We also saw a Female Brambling feeding at the back as well. While Mum stayed by the feeding station, Dad & I walked to have a look at the paddocks where Hawfinches are sometimes seen. There was Nuthatch, Great, Blue, Marsh, Coal & Long - tailed Tit feeding on seed by the bridges.

Before we went to the B&B at Cley we had a quick look for Snow Buntings at Salthouse. Unfortunately, the car park had all but disappeared due to the storms, although the Turnstones were still about, the Snow Buntings weren’t sadly.


Salthouse, Cley & Holkham 22nd February 2015

We started our first day in Norfolk at Salthouse watching the Turnstones foraging along the shingle beach. There were still no Snow Buntings this morning so we continued to the marshes at Cley. We walked along the East Bank where we saw at least 8 - 10 Bearded Tits feeding on some seeds that had been blown across from the reed beds. I saw my best ever view of a Bearded Tit perched on the reeds at Radipole, but to see a group of them together feeding on the ground was certainly a joy to witness. It was also nice to see a couple of Females there that I didn’t see at Radipole. I just couldn’t get enough of them and we stayed for 2 hours. We walked further along and saw a Grey Plover on Arnold’s Marsh. In the afternoon we went to Holkham, unfortunately there no were no Pink - footed Geese from Lady Ann’s Drive today but we saw Fieldfares, Stonechat, Mistle Thrush, Common Snipe, Redshanks & a Pair of Marsh Harriers sky dancing. Then at 14:45 it started raining so it was time to head back to Cley. We saw some Dark - bellied Brent Geese feeding in a field. We went to shelter in Bishop’s Hide and saw Avocets, Snipe, Shelducks & Lapwing. We decided to go to Sheringham for some chips, when we spotted some steam from the NNR Sheringham Station. We headed to the road bridge over the line outside the station but couldn’t see over. The loco which was in service today was B12 8572 which was filling up with water before returning to Weybourne Shed. We then followed the loco up the line as far as Bridge 303 where the line crosses over the main road and I had a good view of it.

We continued to Titchwell itself and there was a Woodcock hiding in the undergrowth a few metres away from the car park. We headed to the beach to look for Snow Buntings & Twite. On the beach were a quite few Sanderlings & Bar - tailed Godwits. We saw a few small birds about but it was very windy and they were keeping themselves hidden. We then looked on the Saltmarsh where there were Redshanks & Black - tailed Godwits. From the hide there were a few Knots & Grey Plovers foraging on the scrape. We had brief view of a Common Snipe from the other hide. After a cup of tea to warm us up, we headed to nearby Thornham Marsh to look for Twite and we saw at least 20 birds present on the salt marsh. Dad and I sat down on the marsh where we had the Twite come and perch a couple of metres in front of us. Which was amazing!  A Barn Owl showed up hunting briefly and a Female Muntjac was foraging in the fields until it was spooked by something. We had another quick look at Choseley Barns and saw a couple of Hares this time.


Wolferton & Welney WWT 24th February 2015

Our final day in Norfolk began at Holkham with a very pale Common Buzzard perched on tree. As we were driving along the road, a bird flew over which we think might have been a Rough - legged Buzard, but were not 100% certain. We continued to Thornham Marsh where the Twite were still showing well close to the bank. We had a quick drive around the Wolferton Triangle for Golden Pheasant but only saw brief views of Muntjacs and a Fallow Deer Doe in the vegetation. We finished the day at Welney WWT watching Brown Hares chasing around and doing a bit of boxing. Also there was a Male Green Woodpecker feeding on the ground. We went to the main observatory to see the Whooper Swans being fed at 15:30PM along with some Pochards & a pair of Wigeon. A Sparrowhawk was perched on the gate on the far side on the lake and flew past the observatory. It had been an amazing four days in Norfolk!

Long - tailed Tits

Waxwing [1st Winter Female]

Reed Bunting [Female]

Hawfinch [Male]

Long - tailed Tits

Cley Marshes NWT

Turnstone [Winter]

Bearded Tit [Female]

Bearded Tit [Male]

Bearded Tit [Male]

Bearded Tit [Male]

Dark - bellied Brent Geese

Common Snipe

Fieldfare

Stonechat

Dark - bellied Brent Geese

Grey Partridge

Titchwell Marsh RSPB  23rd February 2015

We went to the RSPB reserve at Titchwell Marsh. On the way we spotted some birders looking over the marsh, so we had a quick look to see if there was anything about. One of the birders told us about some Grey Partridges in the nearby field. I managed a couple of record shots. We had a quick look at Choseley Barns and the only birds of note were Yellowhammers. In the ploughed field was a Brown Hare.

Brown Hares [Pair]

Woodcock

Black - tailed Godwit [Winter]

Redshank [Winter]

Dunlin [Winter]

Bar - tailed Godwit [Winter]

Grey Plover [Winter]

Curlew

Knot [Winter]

Twite

Twite

Twite

Whooper Swan [Adult]

Whooper Swan [Adult]

Green Woodpecker [Male]

Brown Hare [Pair]

Whooper Swan [Juvenile]