Photo Diary 2

January 4th - 8th

Swans & Geese......


Ludham Airfield had a mixed herd of Bewick’s and Whooper Swans.  24 ‘Wild swans’ in total were present resting on a wheat field, the majority being Whoopers.

At Potter Heigham marshes 24 White-fronted Geese were seen in flight, whilst at least 150 Canada Geese remained on the ground.

At Ashby, a charm of approximately 60 finches flew up from the ground near a patch of sunflowers.  As they were seen in the bushes and trees, Chaffinches, Goldfinches and Greenfinches were recorded along with 4 Reed Buntings, but it was very difficult to determine what the whole charm held as they were feeding in amongst the sunflowers.  Two Common Buzzards, several Red-legged Partridges and a few Stock Doves were also of note.

4th Jan (7) 4th Jan (5)

Tundras & Cranes......


A drive around the local area (8th) found very little of note initially, until the fields between Thrigby and Stokesby, where 6 Tundra Bean Geese were present.

The 6 Tundra Beans had been reported from Thrigby the previous day, but it was just by chance and not by knowledge of their location or their reported presence that I found them.  Although, several cars parked along the minor road did serve as a clue!

The six geese flew up on two occasions whilst I was there, due to passing horse riders (although they were not that close to the geese), but they only flew a short distance before landing again.  Maybe the strong winds, which would have demanded extra energy was a deterrent from flying too far.

27 Mute Swans were also on the fields there along with a few Egyptian Geese and 6 Chinese Water Deer.

Back to the Thurne/Ashby area, for a second time and on this visit 5 Cranes were found on the fields, comprising of 4 adults and one juvenile.  Corvids and Wood Pigeons were very plentiful here.

At Horsey, the fields opposite the ‘lay-by’ held Golden Plovers and Lapwings and in amongst them were 4 Ruff and a Common Snipe.  A Meadow Pipit flew past, but ‘small’ birds were at a premium.  Common Buzzard and Marsh Harrier were also seen, whilst small skeins of Pink-footed Geese were seen towards the dunes relocating from one area to another.

8th Jan (1) 8th Jan (5)

Tundra Bean Geese

4th Jan (1) 4th Jan (3)

Bewick's and Whooper Swans

4th Jan (6) 4th Jan (4) 4th Jan (2)