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Wednesday, 31 October 2012

A day out on the North Norfolk Coast

Waxwing at Holme

A day trip to North Norfolk was well overdue, so with a day off and the forecast of reasonable weather, a 0430 start was made, arriving at Titchwell at first light. The day looked good but cloud soon made the light gloomy, not a day for photographs!

Straight down to the sea watchpoint as I knew the tide was on the turn. I was soon scanning the sea and it was not long before the early start paid dividends! At least four Long Tailed Ducks, two female Red Breasted Mergansers, Great Crested Grebes, one Red Necked Grebe, several Guillemot, one Red Throated Diver, Eiders and many Common Scoter graced the sea. The shore had Redshank, Curlew, Knot, Black and Bar Tailed Godwit, Sanderling, Turnstone and Oystercatcher. At least 20 Snow Bunting were very mobile.

The lagoons held Avocet, Golden Plover, Pintail, Spotted Redshank, Water Rail and both Godwit species. A Kingfisher was flighty around the freshmarsh.

Leaving Titchwell, I headed towards Holme but did not arrive at the reserves as my time and attention was taken up with my first Waxwings this side of summer. Unfortunately, the light was poor but the trilling song and comical activities kept my attention until the dark clouds and light rain pushed me towards home. Waxwing images will be published separately.

Bar Tailed Godwit


Todays Sightings:

Black Headed Gull; Jay; Jackdaw; Wood Pigeon; Pheasant; Blackbird; Red Legged Partridge; Carrion Crow; Rook; Chaffinch; Robin; Long Tailed Tit; Magpie; Dunnock; Wren; Great Tit; Goldfinch; Moorhen; Fieldfare; Blue Tit; LBB Gull; Coot; Goldeneye; Kingfisher; Grey Heron; Dabchick; Tufted Duck; Gadwall; Starling; Mallard; Teal; Brent Goose; Linnet; Shelduck; Redshank; Little Egret; Knot; Golden Plover; Curlew; Shoveler; Lapwing; Cormorant; Black Tailed Godwit; Skylark; Turnstone; Sanderling; Oystercatcher; Guillemot; Common Scoter; Long Tailed Duck; Herring Gull; GBB Gull; Great Crested Grebe; Red Necked Grebe; Snow Bunting; Eider; Red Breasted Merganser; Meadow Pipit; Red Throated Diver; Bar Tailed Godwit; Spotted Redshank; Pintail; Avocet; Wigeon; Snipe; Mute Swan; Great Spotted Woodpecker; Reed Bunting; Water Rail; Marsh Harrier; Greenfinch; Pied Wagtail; Buzzard; Kestrel; Waxwing.

Red Kite near Oundle.


Anonymous said...

Hi Kevin, great to see you had a good day up in Norfolk. I was interested in your comment on the tide - what's the best time to be looking at the sea for divers etc - is it at high tide or low tide?
Best wishes,
Paul & Anna

Kevin Groocock said...

Hi Paul and Anna - thanks for your comment. High tide brings the birds closer but they can still be quite far out (if that makes sense!). Low tide brings in the waders as the muscle beds expose as the tide recedes. Timing could get you both!