Norfolk Trip Day 1

A few days birding away in good old Norfolk, first port of call on the way down would be RSPB Frampton. Arriving at 8:30am to better weather than what I was getting on the way down. Cattle Egret was the first birds of the day, distant in and amongst the cattle.

Did a bit of watching around the visitor centre as I was making my way down to the Reedbed Hide, here I found Common Snipe, along with a few Curlew Sandpiper, a few Swallow and Sand Martin overhead, Avocet, Lapwing, Black tailed Godwit feeding on the mud banks.

Reedbed hide was empty of people, but the mud banks had plenty of waders on, I started to look thru. Lots of Curlew Sandpipers in small groups, I’ve never seen so many, Little Stints were numerous too, plenty of Black tailed Godwit, I picked out an eclipse Pintail, with Mallard , and Teal.

Moved on then to the 360 hide, hopefully pick up the Pectoral Sandpiper, much scanning revealed, Dunlin, Ringed Plover Ruff, Pied Wagtail but no Pectoral Sandpiper. I decided on making my way back for dinner stopping at the hump near the reedbed hide, all the birds went up, after scanning I found a female Peregrine playing havoc over the marsh, she left after about 5 mins.

After dinner back at the car I had another look around the visitor centre again, this time picking up Greenshank and a Green Sandpiper. I had a walk then down towards the sea bank and picked up a couple of Little Ringed Plover.

I made my back to the reedbed hide in the hope of the Pectoral Sandpiper, but despite the rising tide now, there was nothing new to be found. It was getting late by now, I still needed to hunt some tea and get to the bed and breakfast lodges, I’m decided on one last attempt at the 360 hide, scanned the waders, Ruff, Dunlin, Spotted Redshank, Redshank, Ringed Plover and a Common Sandpiper but no Pectoral Sandpiper. I was just about to leave when the warden came in asking if I’d seen the Pectoral Sandpiper, no I hadn’t, well he pointed it out to me where it was , down on the left side hiding behind the reeds, a couple of mins of waiting and it finally Pectoral Sandpiper was in the bag.

Bird List : Avocet, Black headed Gull, Black tailed Godwit, Canada Goose, Cattle Egret, Common Sandpiper, Cormorant, Dunlin, Gadwall, Goldfinch, Green Sandpiper, Greenshank, Greylag Goose, Lapwing, Lesser black Backed Gull, Linnet, Little Grebe, Little Ringed Plover, Little Stint, Mallard, Moorhen, Mute Swan, Pectoral Sandpiper, Peregrine, Pheasant, Pied Wagtail, Pintail, Redshank, reed Bunting, Ringed Plover, Ruff, Sand Martin, Shelduck, Shoveler, Snipe, Spotted Redshank, Starling, Swallow, Teal, Wigeon.

Butterflies : Small Copper, Small White

Dragonflies : Migrant Hawker

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Snipe

Curlew Sandpiper
Black tailed Godwit

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