Monday, February 29, 2016

North West Norfolk (part two)

Sunday 28th February 

Me and Bob had planned a second trip to North West Norfolk to see if we could find the birds we did not have time for on the first trip, We had it all planned by going straight up to Wells.
I got to Bobs for half past eight on arriving Bob said the White Stork was showing at Welney so we re arranged our plans and headed towards Welney, As we got near to Ely for our breakfast stop we checked and found the Stork had flown north, So after breakfast we carried on up the A10 and checked again it had been seen in the distance very briefly so we decided to carry on towards to coast we had a quick look at the Wolverton scissors for the Golden Pheasant but no luck.

We stopped here to see if we could locate the flock of Twite (as we only had one bird the last time) but no luck we did have Curlew a few Gulls .

Titchwell RSPB
we had a look at the information board to see what was about then set of for the beach passing the feeders we had Greenfinch, Goldfinch, Chaffinch, Blue / Great / Coal / Long Tailed Tits, Then took the path to the beach, after short distance we saw some people photographing a Water Rail so I took some pics myself
Water Rail

 Then then continued on some one said there is a Water Pipit showing just ahead so we stopped to have a look (not doing bad for them this year) other Birds seen included Mallard, Teal, Gadwall, Wigeon, Pintail, Avocet, Black Tailed Godwit, Redshank, Grey Plover and a selection of Gulls

We kept scanning as there had been a Spotted Redshank and Greenshank seen but we had no luck with them, So we arrived at the beach where the tide was out no sign of the Red Necked Grebe but plenty of birds including Common Scoter, Goldeneye, Red Breasted Merganser, Knot, Sanderling, Bar Tailed Godwit, Dunlin, and Gulls, then walked back to the car park was going to have a coffee but it was busy and time was getting on, 

Brancaster Staithe
We headed here because the Red Necked Grebe had been seen here but no luck we kept checking for the Stork but no news birds here more of what we already had,

Burnhan Overy Staithe
We pulled up at the side of the road and started scanning I said what is that large white bird Bob got the scope on it juv Spoonbill, Here we had a selection of geese Greylag, Canada, Egyptian, Brent, We also had a Common Buzzard sitting on the top of a small tree then it settled on the ground.

Holkham Fresh Marsh
Here we parked by the B1155 they are making it difficult to park here now but this was a quick stop where we found White Fronted Goose.

Wells Next the Sea
We pulled up on the car park our target bird here was the see if the Shag was still about as we had not heard anything on it for a couple of days a quick scan  and we moved along to the end of the car park where we found it

Blackney Fresh Marsh
we parked and walked out along the sea wall our Target Bird here was Lapland Bunting spoke to a chap coming back who said they where showing despite the birders trying to get pics of them we arrived at the spot with a few other birders and after a short time we had them flying over our heads and one came down along the path but before we had a chance to get a better look a dog put it up we then had 6 again fly over and got good in flight views but as is was getting late sadly they looked like there where going to roost so no pics.

On the way back to the car we checked and found that the Stock was back at Welney so after another look at Brancaster Staithe for the Grebe still no luck, So of we set done some checking on phone for the time it would take to get back to Welney then on the A10 we got stuck behind a slow moving bus so held us up a bit, When we did get to the Information Centre at Welney it was dark but thanks to the light pollution coming from the centre we found the Stork roosting on the flood behind the centre on a island in the middle so we where quite chuffed we got it (would have been nice to see it in a bit more light but still a nice bird and we know it is from Poland as there is a Polish ring on it).

So we then set of for home stopping for something to eat back to Bob's for 1/4 past 10 then I had another hour Trains and buses a nightmare so ended a very long but pleasant days birding 

Sadly the Stork turned out to be a Escape 

Year list now stands at 160

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