Trip reports

North Norfolk Reserves

North Norfolk Reserves
David Brown

Saturday, 28 November 2015

On Friday we stopped off en route for brunch at the WWT Welney reserve . Alan Corner arrived early and spotted the merlin which had apparently been frequenting the feeders for a few days; the rest of us were not so lucky. Highlight was really the afternoon swan feeding when the Assistant Warden gave a very informative talk on the three species and talked about the amazing feats of migration and the threats to Bewicks and Whoopers which winter at Welney.

Saturday was bitterly cold ... so much so that we did not linger long on the cliffs at Hunstanton Lighthouse but got some nice views of fulmar and common gull and on the foreshore there were turnstone and ringed plovers. Many of the birds at Titchwell were hunkered down to escape the wind but there was plenty to see including hundreds of golden plover. We spotted kingfisher and water rail near the sluices; marsh harriers were much in evidence together with one hen harrier.. The Wader Quest group were running a Wash Wader Festival to inform the public about their ringing and research work. On the way back we spent a while at Holkham on Lady Anne's Drive watching flyovers of pink foot, brent, greylag and a few egyptian geese.

Some hardy souls made the trip to Snettisham at dawn on Sunday ... perhaps a little disappointing but nonetheless substantial flocks of oystercatchers came in as the tide rose and hundreds of pinkfoot flew over on their way to feed inland. There was a raft of some 30 goldeneye at sea just 50 years from the shore.

The less hardy amongst us settled for a healthy cooked breakfast and we all then travelled down the coast to NWT Cley Marshes. More great views of kingfisher. From the hides overlooking Pat's Pool we got good views of hundreds of ducks and waders and in particular of three female marsh harriers which were patrolling constantly and spooking the waterbirds.

The total number of species spotted by the group over the weekend was 90. Many thanks to Alan Corner who organized the trip in his usual efficient manner!

Members on the trip: Mike Nott, Ian Parker, David Brown, Jenny and Terry Thirlwell, Ann and Phil Farrer, Anthea Lovatt, Arthur Whiting, Cliff Parslow, Alan Corner, Lesley and John Battye, Dana and Ian Wilson, Rosemary Allen, Jenni Anderson, Marion Osman, Jeanette Gosney, and a warm welcome to Ann Gosney and Lydie Hazell who joined us for the first time