At his house the tiles were dropped off. We had been discussing potential garden list and I pointed out that red kite roosted at nearby New Holkham. As we pulled on to the drive a superb red kite flew over, low and giving great views. A pied wagtail on the wires, too.
We headed for nearby Lady Anne's Drive and a walk to Holkham Gap. Plenty of geese and wigeon in the fields whilst long tailed, coal, blue and great tits in the conifers associating with mobile goldcrests. 4 red legged partridge on the beach and plenty of redshank. Viewing the sea we saw only a raft of scoter, containing at least 2 velvets and a flyby red throated diver west. Back on the beach, skylarks and a party of linnets contained some twite. Gary got better views that previously when we saw them at Thornham. Back to the car, the sky was cloudless, light was excellent and the breeze freezing.
|Holkham pink foots|
|Just a few of the 100's of wigeon present|
|Distant Holkham Freshmarsh marsh harrier.|
|Redshank from the beach footpath|
|Black headed gull and oystercatcher, Titchwell beach|
|Gary checking the sea and feeling the cold having 36 hours previously, been in Hong Kong|
|redshank and oystercatcher|
|turnstone and dunlin|
|dunlin with lunch, a razor clam|
|black tailed godwit|
|black headed gull and reflection.|
We then thought a quick end of day trip to Holme where we might get lucky with an owl or two. More tits and crests in the conifers and a day tick little grebe, but no owls hunting whilst we were there over Thornham looking east towards Titchwell.
A super day, thanks for driving, Gary.
Gary's reports from his trip to Hong Kong and Thailand can be viewed here Well worth a visit, excellent photos and report from Mai Po Reserve, Hong Kong.
|Distant water pipit|
red throated diver, black throated diver, little grebe, cormorant, little egret, grey heron, mute swan, pink footed goose, greylag goose, canada goose,(10 sp) brent goose, shelduck, mallard, gadwall, pintail, shoveler, wigeon, teal, pochard, tufted duck (20 sp) common scoter, velvet scoter, red kite, marsh harrier, common buzzard, kestrel, red legged partridge, pheasant, moorhen, coot (30 sp) , oystercatcher, avocet, golden plover, lapwing, knot, sanderling, turnstone, dunlin, redshank, black tailed godwit,(40 sp) bar tailed godwit, curlew, ruff, black headed gull, common gull, herring gull, lesser black backed gull, great black backed gull, wood pigeon, collared dove, (50 sp)kingfisher (heard) skylark, water pipit, meadow pipit, pied wagtail, wren, dunnock, robin, stonechat, song thrush (60 sp) fieldfare, blackbird, great tit, coal tit, blue tit, long tailed tit, magpie, jackdaw, rook, carrion crow, (70 sp)starling, house sparrow, chaffinch, linnet, twite, goldfinch, greenfinch,bullfinch, reed bunting. Total 79 species: 1 year lister takes me to 217 for a none twitching 2014 list. Should pass 220 with trips to Kent on Friday and then Suffolk (perhaps) on Saturday.