No Moose or Bears here Jase!
Now back from his road trip to Canada, Jason (Nichols) and myself headed out along the Norfolk coast (3rd).
No Moose, Beavers, Black Bears or Bald Eagles here, but it was good to get out again and see what was about in a more ‘local’ location and a Swallow was the first bird of note at Morston.
Cattle Egrets had been seen in the Burnham Overy area, but the only egrets here were Little Egrets, at least 10 and about the same number of House Sparrows.
A look over the area of pools east of Wells found a Little Egret, a Grey Heron, several Reed Buntings flitting across the grass path and a brief Red Admiral.
Driving through Holkham, I saw a Barn Owl sitting on a fence post (an area I always look for them, as this is about the fourth time one has been present) and we stopped and duly photographed it and then left it still perched on the post.
Cattle-spotting began again at Burnham Norton but there were only cattle and no ‘whitish birds’ running around their feet! Both Pink-footed and Brent Geese were heard and a Common Buzzard was perched on one of the distant bushes. A couple of birdwatchers alerted us to a Kingfisher perched on the site of a fence support, some distance away; a good find and 2 Little Grebes and a Coot were on one of the dykes.
We made a brief visit to Brancaster Staithe, which was very busy, so decided to have lunch at Titchwell car park (also very busy!). 2 Red Kites circled around directly over the car and a Common Buzzard was also seen.
A casual drive back along the coast road, still checking for Cattle Egrets found nothing different to what we had already seen, so we headed for home after a very pleasant day out.
Overcast Norfolk coast, but never dull!
Despite a rather dull day with showers (24th) a trip along the Norfolk coast with Jason Nichols found a few things of note.
Brent Geese were on the Eye field at Cley and in their midst an individual with white mottling on its head, probably due to a lack of melanin and at Morston two Little Egrets were the highlights.
Brancaster Staithe also held a Little Egret, but waders were limited with just a few Turnstones, Bar-tailed Godwit and several Redshanks. The formidable presence of a Great Black-backed Gull was also present.
Thornham Point had a charm of Linnets and there were the calls of Twite in their midst. A Curlew provided a photo shoot, albeit in drab light and a Little Egret and Redshanks were also seen.
On the return journey, we stopped off at the ‘gateway’ at Holkham Freshmarsh and found a Red Kite perched in a tree. However, the kite was displaced by a Common Buzzard, forcing the kite to find another perch!
A flock of Pink-footed Geese were on a field just west of Kelling and were the last notable sightings of an enjoyable day out despite the dreary conditions.
Herring Gull Great Black-backed Gull Little Egret & Common Redshank