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.
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.
Tundra Bean Geese
Bewick's and Whooper Swans