Photo Diary 4

October 31st

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.

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Great White Egrets

Wigeon                                                     Brent Goose                                                                                                                                   Mediterranean Gull

Barnacle Geese with Pink-footed Geese

Brown Hare                                                                      Cranes

Common Buzzard