Once again we found ourselves heading to Norfolk for a weeks break along the North Coast, stopping again at the Green Lawn House in Overstrand, Monday the 19th was our travelling day encountering a variety of bird species along the way highlights being Hobby and Common Buzzard. Our first port of call was Cley Spy for a new coat and then back to the coast for tea and cake at the Cley Nature Reserve ending up at Coastguards for a little bit of birding catching sight of a few Gannets and Sandwich Terns passing by with Meadow Pipits, Linnets, Curlews and Black tailed Godwits in the fields.
List for Today no particular order :- Woodpigeon, Hobby, Swallow, Rook, Crow, Jackdaw, Starling, Kestrel, Buzzard, Black-headed Gull, Common Gull, Great Black-backed Gull, Lesser Black-backed Gull, Curlew, Sandwich Tern, Gannet, Meadow Pipit, Pied Wagtail, Shelduck, Teal, Linnet, Tawny Owl, Cormorant, Canada Goose, Greylag Goose, Mute Swan, Sparrowhawk
Wednesday the 21st was birding day and we started at Titchwell RSPB reserve by the time we arrived the car park was already starting to get full, the weather was good but a little bit windy. We made our way onto the reserve hearing a Cettis Warbler near the centre. Down near the first hide and viewing from the footpath onto the reserve we picked out a few waders nearby, Ringed Plovers and Dunlins were numerous, but we picked out four Little Stints and three Curlew Sandpipers amongst them but they were not settling and were soon taking flight.
We located the new Parrinder Hide, you can’t miss it, and made our way towards it seeing Grey Heron, Little Egret, Redshank we also saw a Whinchat which someone kindly pointed out to us. Settling in to the new hide area and now out of the wind we picked up a few more birds Ruffs, Grey Plover, Pied Wagtails, Yellow Wagtails (2), a Sparrowhawk went thru, Teal, Mallard, Shovelers, Sand Martin, House martin, Swallows, Knot, Oystercatcher, Greenshank, Bar Tailed Godwit, Black Tailed Godwit so plenty to feast upon. We had dinner here before moving off down towards the sea but didn’t see much more down here but a few passing Gannets.
With Titchwell over we called in at Holkham on our way thru to the digs seeing a lot of Greylag Geese here but there were Pink Footed Geese in there as well. We had a walk onto the nearest hide not seeing much bird life but quiet a few Butterflies about in the late sunshine manly Red Admirals and Commas.
List for Today [Titchwell] no particular order:- Woodpigeon, Marsh Harrier, Kestrel, Sparrowhawk, Pied Wagtail, Yellow Wagtail, Great Tit, Blue Tit, Chaffinch, Greenfinch, Goldfinch, Meadow Pipit, Reed Bunting, Gannet, Ringed Plover, Grey Plover, Little Stint, Curlew Sandpiper, Redshank, Greenshank, Bar Tailed Godwit, Black Tailed Godwit, Curlew, Avocet, Little Egret, Grey Heron, Cettis Warbler, Collard Dove, Sandwich Tern, Moorhen, Coot, Mallard, Teal, Shoveler, Greylag Goose, Canada Goose, Egyptian Goose, Shelduck, Little Grebe, Oystercatcher, Lapwing, Knot, Ruff, Sand Martin, House Martin, Swallow, Whinchat, Common Darter, Migrant Hawker, Speckled Wood, Red Admiral, Large White
List For Today [Holkham] no particular order :- Goldcrest, Gadwall, Teal, Wigeon, Mallard, Shoveler, Woodpigeon, Robin, Greylag Goose, Pink Footed Goose, Buzzard, Little Grebe, Lapwing, Dunnock, Comma, Red Admiral, Common darter
Thursday the 22nd we had a day out on the Broads this one being Ranworth Broad mainly for the day out but birds were seen Peregrine, Marsh Harrier,Cettis Warbler and Kingfisher to name a few. Dragonflies especially Common Darter were evident along with a Southern Hawker.
List for Today :- Marsh Harrier, Sparrowhawk, Peregrine, Common Tern, Black-headed Gull, Great Crested Grebe, Mallard, Tufted Duck, Greylag Goose, Cormorant, Cettis Warbler, Grey Heron, Kingfisher, Coot, Chaffinch, Mute Swan, Common Darter, Southern Hawker, Speckled Wood, Red Admiral, Large White
Our last day we stopped of at Cley Nature Reserve on the way back home for a couple of hours catching up with Spoonbill, Green Sandpiper and more Curlew Sandpipers
List for Today no particular order :- Black-headed Gull, Curlew Sandpiper, Green Sandpiper, Dunlin, Black Tailed Godwit, Ruff, Mute Swan, Greylag Goose, Canada Goose, Spoonbill, Pied Wagtail, Wren, Swallow, Linnet, Meadow Pipit, Lapwing, Teal, Wigeon, Mallard, Migrant Hawker, Common Darter