Trip reports

Stubb Mill November 15 2018

Stubb Mill November 15 2018
Richard Straton

Thursday, 15 November 2018

We walked from here to the raptor watchpoint at Stubb Mill, approximately three quarters of a mile. There is now a footpath to the watchpoint, of which we were unaware, via part of the NWT reserve - something to bear in mind for future visits.

One of the species we were hoping to see was the common crane and we were not disappointed. A group of three birds was picked out, sometimes being hidden by the vegetation, and they eventually stayed in an area in line with Horsey Windpump which made it easy to locate them. Another three birds were seen to fly in from the north. While watching the cranes, a stonechat was found, and it appeared to be flycatching as it frequently flew up and then back to the same bush. A kestrel kept us company for much of the afternoon and a sparrowhawk flew across in its typical flap-flap-glide mode. The only other raptor seen was marsh harrier, although this was by far the most numerous. Norfolk is renowned for its wintering pink-footed geese and several skeins were seen, one of which came within earshot - an evocative winter's sound. A seemingly lost single greylag flew past several times, as if looking for some friends and a pair of Egyptian geese was seen briefly. Winter thrushes were conspicuous by their absence - just a single redwing was seen, along with a few blackbirds.

As the sun set, the mist started to come down, so we decided to call it a day just after 4pm.

Thanks to all for supporting this trip, and especially to the Field Trip Organiser for picking such a good day for this walk!

29 bird species were seen, these being: pink-footed goose, greylag goose, Egyptian goose, shelduck, mallard, pheasant, cormorant, marsh harrier, sparrowhawk, kestrel, crane, lapwing, black-headed gull, great black-backed gull, woodpigeon, collared dove, robin, stonechat, blackbird, redwing, long-tailed tit, blue tit, great tit, magpie, jackdaw, carrion crow, house sparrow, chaffinch and linnet. Species heard but not seen were buzzard, curlew and green woodpecker. The only mammal seen was a Chinese water deer.
The above records are those of the author.

Phil Jackson