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Thursday, January 01, 2009

31st December

Having come down with that pesky cold bug, I have been unable to do to much.
I did manage to pop up to Eccles on Sea, Norfolk for three days. The birds were much as you would expect for this part of Norfolk at this time of year.
At Hickling Broad raptor watchpoint 56 Marsh Harriers, 4 Hen Harriers, 3 Merlins, 22 Common Cranes, 4 Barn Owls. On the grazing marshes nearby 10's of thousands Pink-footed Geese. On the sea 140 Red-throated Divers, Eiders, Scoters and common shorebirds.

Barn Owl: this species is plentiful in this region of Norfolk, weather permitting.

This small flock of Snow Buntings were on the beach at Caister. Unfortunately some have been ringed, therefore the flock can be a bit flighty. The views are still
fantastic.

This is part of a huge flock of Pink-footed Geese numbering over 10,000 birds. Careful scrutiny revealed an obvious Ross's Snow Goose, Barnacle Goose, White-fronted Goose and Tundra Bean Goose. Peregrine Falcons could be seen perched or scaring the flocks of waders and ducks.



Red-throated Divers on the sea at Eccles.

Turnstone are one of our most approachable waders at some coastal patches.


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