First stop was Hunstanton clifftop car park where, in the morning light goldfinches, siskins, lesser redpolls etc were moving west in large numbers. Good numbers of meadow pipits, too. A few sanderling, oystercatchers and sandwich terns were also recorded as we scanned the sea and sand.
On to Choseley barns were we scored with singing corn buntings, numerous pheasants and red legged partridge. Also, grey partridge pairs were viewed in several fields before we landed at Titchwell. With showers promised we thought we'd check the sea first and use the hides if it rained. Upon arrival brambling and other finches were noted on the feeders and a water rail adjacent to the path.
|Choseley Barn corn bunting|
|brambling at Titchwell|
|skulking water rail, Titchwell.|
After the boys finished their lunch (8.30a.m.) we popped into Holkham and Lady Anne's Drive but not too much to add and we didn't get to the lake, so no Egyptian goose. We stopped off at Wells Harbour, but the tide was in so all we got were 3 sticks of rock. A good sugar hit! Dave waxed lyrical about their various merits. Gary and I were unable to speak due to our teeth being glued together with rhubarb and custard flavour!
Off to Warham Greens where no migrants apart from a willow warbler were noted. The wind being southerly was spoiling our plans of newly arrived summer stuff, but never mind, on to Cley for more coffee.
|summer plumaged spotted redshank|
|black tailed godwit|
A super day out and a great bird list. Plenty we could have added had we searched new sites, as we did at Kelling Heat, but no warblers.
Complete Species list
great crested grebe, cormorant, little egret, grey heron, mute swan, greylag goose, canada goose, brent goose, shelduck, mallard, (10 sp) gadwall, shoveler, wigeon, teal, pochard, tufted duck, common scoter, goosander, red kite, marsh harrier, (20 sp) hen harrier, common buzzard, kestrel, red legged partridge, grey partridge, pheasant, water rail, moorhen, coot, oystercatcher (30 sp) avocet, little ringed plover, ringed plover, grey plover, golden plover, lapwing, sanderling, turnstone, dunlin, redshank, (40sp) spotted redshank, black tailed godwit, bar tailed godwit, curlew, ruff, black headed gull, common gull, herring gull, lesser black backed gull, greater black backed gull (50 sp) kittiwake, sandwich tern, wood pigeon, collared dove, barn owl, green woodpecker, great spotted woodpecker, skylark, sand martin, swallow,( 60 sp) house martin, rock pipit, meadow pipit, pied wagtail, white wagtail, yellow wagtail, wren, dunnock, robin, wheatear,( 70 sp) whinchat song thrush, redwing, blackbird, sedge warbler, reed warbler, cettis warbler, willow warbler, chiffchaff, great tit (80 sp) blue tit, long tailed tit, magpie, jay, jackdaw, carrion crow, rook, starling, house sparrow, chaffinch (90 sp) brambling, linnet, lesser redpoll, goldfinch, greenfinch, siskin, bullfinch, reed bunting, yellowhammer, corn bunting (100sp)
|Salthouse black headed gull|
|Titchwell song thrush|
The ones in bold are year listers, taking my none twitching year total to 156. For another version of this trip, giving more details of Dave's dietary requirements please visit Gary's site: