Previously "Diary of a Birding Medic"

Previously "Rugby Birder"

Thursday, 10 October 2013

Burnham Overy, Holkham Pines and Wells Next the Sea - 8th October 2013.

Comma Butterfly at Holkham Pines


New Norfolk territory today with a walk around Burnham Overy towards Gun Hill. Unfortunately, it was very quiet with the best birds being a single Red Throated Diver on the sea and skeins of Pink Footed Geese heading towards Holkham. Retracing and moving on to Holkham Pines, we hoped to touch base with Yellow Browed Warbler but alas, we did not! It was good to see the geese predominantly Pink Footed) in the fields overlooked by the Washington Hide. The cost of parking on Lady Annes Drive was £3 for two hours so we did not linger very long. Finally, we arrived in Wells next the sea. Our two main aims here were not bird or animal related but to give Heather some "retail therapy" and to partake of a quay side fish and chip tea, courtesy of French's (I think the best on the north coast!). While Heather undertook some retail therapy, I had a walk along the coast path in the direction of Stiffkey, encountering some unexpected creatures.....


A flighty Wheatear and Stonechat appeared on the path and an obliging Turnstone graced the harbour mud

Wheatear





Stonechat


Turnstone





While enjoying our fish and chips, the local Starlings appeared in the hope of sharing the meal. Needless to say, they were too good to share! However, even the "hated" Starlings can be very entertaining and attractive birds.

Starling





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