North Norfolk assortment despite the toothache!
The trip along the North Norfolk coast with Jason Nichols (31st) got underway at Salthouse with 2 Stonechats. These were followed by 2 Great White Egrets flying east along the Salthouse coastline.
Beach Road at Cley found two more Stonechats and a male Marsh Harrier, whilst a look out to sea from Cley Coastguards saw Brent Geese (also present on the Eye Field) flights of Wigeon flying over, 4 adult Gannets, 3 Red-throated Diver, Mediterranean Gull (1st W) and several Auks, with one being a Guillemot.
At Wells a Red Kite was not a welcome sight to the other inhabitants of the flooded areas, neither were 2 calling Common Buzzards flying over. A Little Egret and Curlews were also of note here.
From the ‘lay-by’ along the A149 at Burnham Overy, a look over the marshes found at least 30 Barnacle Geese (a large bush thwarted any exact count!) with Pink-footed Geese and a Common Buzzard was also seen.
Unfortunately, due to Jase being in considerable pain with a toothache we had to head back and get him to his dentist at Gorleston, but after his appointment he felt well enough for a return to Martham via a drive around the ‘block’ between Clippesby and Ashby where one Crane was followed with 5, and then 3 more flying in to join the lone bird in the fields. 3 Common Buzzards and a male Marsh Harrier were also seen before another ‘wave’ of toothache forced Jase to head back.
Great White Egrets
Wigeon Brent Goose Mediterranean Gull
Barnacle Geese with Pink-footed Geese
Brown Hare Cranes