Trip reports

HORSEY MERE and HORSEY GAP Thursday 15th January 2015

HORSEY MERE and HORSEY GAP Thursday 15th January 2015

Thursday, 15 January 2015

Before leaving the car park, three Egyptian geese and a cormorant flew over, a blackbird hopped about in the grass, a magpie in the trees and a blue tit in the shrubbery.
Setting out along the mill dyke the members looked out across Horsey Mere which had scores of duck on it: mallard, wigeon, pochard, gadwall, teal and tufted duck. A mute swan and a few greylag geese were seen. Flying high from the east came hundreds of pink-footed geese and flocks of golden plover and lapwing.
The walk continued round as far as Waxham Dyke with views of jackdaw, marsh harrier and a little egret, and more distant sightings of a buzzard. Flying by were black-headed gulls and a lesser black-backed gull, starlings and carrion crows. Yet more pink-footed geese were seen in great skeins.
Retracing the route back to the car park provided a good view of a cock bullfinch and some woodpigeons.
Some of the members then went to look out over the sea from Horsey Gap. A grey heron and herring gulls were spied prior to reaching the car park where a robin waited to greet us. Looking out over the sea we were delighted by excellent views of red-throated divers, common and grey seals. Pied wagtails, a ringed plover and a sanderling were on the beach.
Unfortunately the one species everyone hoped to see - common crane - was not seen during the walk period. Four such birds were seen in flight prior to arrival at Horsey Mere by some members and two much closer cranes were also seen by a few members nearby afterwards! Other species seen in the area after the walk included fieldfare, redwing and a pheasant.
Thirty-four species were seen during the official walk period.

Charles Goddard