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Sunday, February 23, 2014

22nd February

Norfolk

Yesterday I spent a very enjoyable day up in North Norfolk with Glen and Mark. It was a very early start, with my alarm going off at 4.10am so that I could pick Glen up at 4.45am. I had arranged to meet Mark at 7.30am at Edgefield, with our first target being Parrot Crossbill. Glen and I arrived at 7.00am and were soon watching a pair of Parrots amongst 6 Common Crossbills. The views were distant but the bill size and shape and bull neck appearance were immediately obvious. Mark soon arrived and although we saw the flock that numbered 20ish birds they only settled on the woodland side of the pines. When they took to the wing the size difference between the 2 Parrots was noticeable. The best view we had was of a female that settled with 4 other crossbills on a dead pine out in the open. Once this bird had departed we headed off to Titchwell stopping on route at Choseley Barns for Yellow Hammer and Corn Bunting. It was good to arrive at Titchwell before the crowds, this reserve attracts a good number of visitors. We did see some good birds, but it was not up to its normal standard. The highlight here was the large number of Common Scoter on the sea with at least 20 Velvet’s amongst them. After an early lunch we headed east hoping for a recently arrived Rough-legged Buzzard at Holkam Freshmarsh. We drew a blank here but had good views of Marsh Harriers, 3 or 4 Red Kites and several Buzzards. We then stopped at the pitch and put golf course at Wells-next-the-sea hoping for Black Brant. there was a good number of geese but they were unfortunately flushed by dog walkers. Even though they only flew a short distance they were hard to go through. We decided to head to Stiffkey and wait for the raptors to come into roost, 3.00pm is a bit early but there was nothing nearby that was worth going for. It turned out to be the right decision, we had great but distant views of a male Hen Harrier. This bird was in the air for at least 10 mins, occasionally mobbed by a female Merlin. We the were treated to a nail biting encounter as the Merlin then tried to catch a pipit. This life or death situation was made even harder for the pipit due to the fact that the harrier also tried to get in on the act. We will never know if the pipit made it to safety but it may have just managed to reach the dense vegetation on the edge of the saltmarsh.

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A crap photo of the head of a female Parrot Crossbill at Edgefield Wood. Luckily for us this wasn’t our only view.

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Spring is in the air at Titchwell.

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These Avocets were flushed when someone opened the window of Parrinder Hide.

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Curlew belts out his characteristic song.

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Mark and I scanning for something of interest, our 3rd members skinny leg is in the left-hand corner.

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Part of the flock of over 3,000,000 Common Scoter, Velvet Scoter and Goldeneye.

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Velvet Scoter (above) Common Scoter (below)

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Little Egret, with the great white hunters below.

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We didn’t encounter the usual large numbers of Pink-footed Geese.

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Mute Swan

1

Stone-curlew

 

Green Woodpecker

 

Common Chiffchaff

 

Pink-footed Goose

1

Collared Pratincole

 

Great Spotted Woodpecker

 

Willow Warbler

 

Greylag Goose

1

Little-ringed Plover

 

Lesser Spotted Woodpecker

 

Goldcrest

1

Greater Canada Goose

 

Ringed Plover

1

Greater Short-toed Lark

 

Firecrest

Brent Goose (dark-bellied)

1

European Golden Plover

1

Wood Lark

1

Spotted Flycatcher

Black Brant

 

Grey Plover

 

Sky Lark

1

Red-breasted Flycatcher

Egyptian Goose

1

Northern Lapwing

1

Horned Lark

 

Pied Flycatcher

Common Shelduck

1

Red Knot

1

Sand/Bank Martin

 

Bearded Tit

Eurasian Wigeon

1

Sanderling

1

Barn Swallow

 

Long-tailed Tit

Gadwall

1

Little Stint

 

Northern House Martin

 

Blue Tit

1

Eurasian/Common Teal

1

Temmink’s Stint

 

Red-rumped Swallow

 

Great Tit

1

Mallard

1

Baird’s Sandpiper

 

Richard’s Pipit

 

Crested Tit

Northern Pintail

1

Pectoral Sandpiper

 

Blyth’s Pipit

 

Coal Tit

Garganey

 

Curlew Sandpiper

 

Tawny Pipit

 

Willow Tit

Northern Shoveler

1

Dunlin

1

Olive-backed Pipit

 

Marsh Tit

Red crested Pochard

 

Ruff

1

Tree Pipit

 

Nuthatch

Common Pochard

 

Jack Snipe

 

Meadow Pipit

1

Eurasian Treecreeper

1

Tufted Duck

1

Common Snipe

1

Rock Pipit

 

Red-backed Shrike

Greater Scaup

1

Eurasian Woodcock

 

Water Pipit

 

Great Grey Shrike

Common Eider

 

Black-tailed Godwit

1

Yellow Wagtail

 

Woodchat Shrike

Long-tailed Duck

 

Bar-tailed Godwit

1

“ ” Blue-headed

 

Eurasian Jay

Common Scoter

1

Whimbrel

 

“ ” Grey-headed

 

Black-billed Magpie

1

Velvet Scoter

1

Eurasian Curlew

1

“ ” Ashy-headed

 

Eurasian Jackdaw

1

Common Goldeneye

1

Spotted Redshank

 

Citrine Wagtail

 

Rook

1

Red-breasted Merganser

1

Common Redshank

1

Grey Wagtail

 

Carrion Crow

1

Goosander

 

Common Greenshank

 

White/Pied Wagtail

 

Common Starling

1

Red-legged Partridge

1

Lesser Yellowlegs

 

Bohemian Waxwing

 

Rosy Starling

Grey Partridge

 

Green Sandpiper

 

Wren

1

House Sparrow

1

Common Pheasant

1

Wood Sandpiper

 

Hedge Accentor

1

Eurasian Tree Sparrow

Red-throated Diver

1

Common Sandpiper

 

European Robin

1

Chaffinch

1

Black-throated Diver

 

Turnstone

1

Common Nightingale

 

Brambling

Great Northern Diver

 

Red-necked Phalarope

 

Citrine Wagtail

 

European Serin

Little Grebe

1

Grey Phalarope

 

Grey Wagtail

 

European Greenfinch

1

Great Crested Grebe

1

Pomarine Skua

 

White/Pied Wagtail

 

European Goldfinch

1

Red-necked Grebe

 

Arctic Skua

 

Bohemian Waxwing

 

Eurasian Siskin

1

Slavonian Grebe

 

Long-tailed Skua

 

Wren

1

Common Linnet

1

Northern Fulmar

 

Great Skua

 

Hedge Accentor

1

Twite

Northern Gannet

 

Mediterranean Gull

 

European Robin

1

Lesser Redpoll

Great Cormorant

 

Little Gull

 

Common Nightingale

 

Common Redpoll

Great Bittern

 

Sabine’s Gull

 

Common Blackbird

1

Arctic Redpoll (coues’s)

 

Little Egret

1

Black-headed Gull

1

Fieldfare

1

Common Crossbill

1

Grey Heron

1

Slender-billed Gull

 

Song Thrush

1

Parrot Crossbill

1

Eurasian Spoonbill

 

Common Gull

1

Redwing

1

Two-barred Crossbill

 

Euroean Honey-Buzzard

 

Lesser Black-backed Gull

1

Mistle Thrush

1

Common Rosefinch

 

Black Kite

 

Yellow-legged Gull

 

Cetti’s Warbler

1

Common Bullfinch

 

Red Kite

1

Herring Gull

1

Grasshopper Warbler

 

Hawfinch

 

Eurasian Marsh Harrier

1

Iceland Gull

 

Sedge Warbler

 

Yellow Hammer

1

Hen Harrier

1

Glaucous Gull

 

Marsh Warbler

 

Rustic Bunting

 

Montagu’s Harrier

 

Great Black-backed Gull

1

Eurasian Reed Warbler

 

Little Bunting

 

Northern Goshawk

 

Black-legged Kittiwake

 

Great Reed Warbler

 

Reed Bunting

1

Eurasian Sparrowhawk

1

Little Tern

 

Icterine Warbler

 

Black-headed Bunting

 

Common Buzzard

1

Black Tern

 

Melodious Warbler

 

Corn Bunting

1

Rough-legged Buzzard

 

White-winged Black tern

 

Blackcap

     

Osprey

 

Sandwich Tern

 

Garden Warbler

     

Common Kestrel

1

Common Tern

 

Barred Warbler

     

Red-footed Falcon

 

Arctic Tern

 

Lesser Whitethroat

     

Merlin

1

Barn Owl

1

Common Whitethroat

     

Eurasian Hobby

 

Little Owl

 

Subalpine Warbler

 

 

Peregrine Falcon

 

Tawny Owl

 

Greenish Warbler

     

Water Rail

 

Short-eared Owl

 

Pallas’s Warbler

     

Common Moorhen

1

European Nightjar

 

Yellow-browed Warbler

     

Common Coot

1

Common Swift

 

Hume’s Leaf Warbler

     

Common Crane

 

Common Kingfisher

 

Radde’s Wrabler

     

Eurasian Oystercatcher

1

European Bee-eater

 

Dusky Warbler

     

Black-winged Stilt

 

Hoopoe

 

Western Bonelli’s Warbler

     

Pied Avocet

 

Eurasian Wryneck

 

Wood Warbler

   

89

 

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