Saturday, March 08, 2008

Norfolk day trip 7 March 2008 with Anser Birding

Lapland and Snow Buntings at Salthouse, Norfolk all images MJMcGill
Lapland Bunting at Salthouse Shore Lark at Cley NNT, East Bank
White Crowned Sparrow, Cley next the Sea
Ross's Goose with Pink-footed Geese, Holkham
Common Crane at WWT Welney
7 March 2008 A rather ambitious and tiring day trip was worth it due to the excellent array of birds present and the sunny weather to enjoy them. Arriving at Salthouse the Snow Buntings were immediately on show, we noted c 40 including a few males that were beginning to moult into breeding plumage. A Lapland Bunting was also present and all of these cracking little birds showed to a few feet. A flock of Dark-bellied Brent and Egyptian Geese were also seen here. Further north we walked the East bank at Cley where a male Bearded Tit was seen near the reed cutters. 3 Shore Lark were on the shingle and 20+ Avocet were busy feeding. More Bearded Tits were calling on our return. In the village a 40 minute wait and the White-Crowned Sparrow was soon giving great views. A Marsh Harrier flew over. Next stop was at Holkham where a Ross's Goose was among the Pink-footed Geese, at least 120 E White-fronted Geese were also seen here and a Barn Owl. A pair of Marsh Harrier were displaying. We headed south to WWT Welney where the day was topped off with a Crane among the Whooper Swans and another Barn Owl.