Trip reports

Norfolk Weekend 16th to 18th of February 2013

Norfolk Weekend 16th to 18th of February 2013
Sunset at Hunstanton (robert)

Thursday, 21 February 2013

Day 1 Left West Bretton at 7.00 am. 1st stop Little Chef North Muskham for Breakfast, then on to Frampton Marsh. Seen here were Yellow Hammer + other passerines. Waders;-including Curlew & Ruff, Brent and 2 other species of geese. Whooper Swans (the only ones seen all weekend), some raptors, including merlin, lots of wildfowl including Widgeon & Shelduck. Left at about 1.00 pm bound for Flitcham Abbey Farm Norfolk for Little Owl we also saw Grey Partridge and Fieldfare and the first of Many Brown Hares. We then left for the coast via Sandringham, (as a toilet stop)but as we got out of the busses we nearly trod on Goldcrests amazing never seen them so close before. On to Thornham for Hen Harrier etc. (We did not see them) just a few waders and gulls and a very distant flock of Common Scoter. Then as the sun was setting to the Shellbrook Hotel at Hunstanton for dinner and bed.
Day 2 departed at 9.00am on another sunny day for Hecham and some sea watching, but the only parking had a barrier too low for the Bus. No luck at Holme either so on to Salthome here we saw Turnstones on the car park, Snow Buntings nr the shingle bank and Red Breasted Merganser and a Razorbill on the sea. A quick look at Cley got us Avocet. Then onto Holkham hall car park (on the way we saw Hen Harrier) here we saw Egyptian Geese, Mistle Thrush and some saw Nuthatch. Then across the road to Lady Anne's Drive plenty of people, but few birds, but Marsh Harrier was seen. So we decided to walk to the Washington Hide on our way we saw Little Grebe and Muntjac Deer. At the hide we saw Pink-footed Geese, little Egret, Jay and an early hunting Barn Owl. Some then walked to the beach view point for Red Breasted merganser. Then back to the Shellbrook via Burnham Norton here we saw more Marsh Harriers and Grey Heron.
Day 3 Again 9.00am start First stop Holme for sea watching here we saw waders including Knot, Guillemot, and Long Tailed Duck, then onto Titchwell via Choosley (nothing there). Titchwell;- on the beach Sanderling and Knot, on the sea Red Throated diver and Great Crested Grebe, on the reserve, waders including Spotted redshank, Water Rail, wildfowl including Red Crested Potchard on the feeders Brambling, Siskin and Long tailed and other Tits. Then we headed for home via Wolferton Triangle for Golden Pheasant, but didn't see any. So after Dinner at another Little Chef we arrived home at around 9.00 pm. After a weekend enjoyed by all.
Robert joint outings organiser.