Sunday, 24 January 2010

Norfolk Trip - Day Three

Well we woke up and it was raining....

We thought we'd head south to Blackborough End Tip and have a look through some Gulls. We did that, we saw some Gulls, but nothing out of the ordinary! We also got quite wet! Plenty of Egyptian Geese about down here were all that was worth mentioning. Driving about though did give us our only Bullfinch of the trip and a Barn Owl.

Early afternoon, we were back on the north coast, and just as the rain stopped we pulled up into West Runton beach car park. An adult Med Gull which has apparently been around for a while here, was on the beach, but soon made its way up to the car park and onto its favourite perching post...

Bun and Karen enjoying what was a Norfolk tick for me!

On the sea were at least 22 Red-throated Divers with the first Gannets of the trip flying past. Stock Dove made its way onto the trip list here too.

We left here, and headed west. It was with impeccable timing that Bun's pager buzzed as we were passing through Beeston Regis with news of a first-winter Glaucous Gull and Purple Sandpiper at Sheringham. Later I learnt it was thanks to The Chill for that! Cheers :-)

We pulled up by the Crown Inn, and soon found the Glaucous Gull resting on the sea just to the east. What a stunning beast, a really well marked and dark individual. We looked and looked for the Purp, but to no avail.


After this, we finally saw the Black Brant on Wells-next-the-Sea Pitch and Putt Green, a stonking individual! Just a shame it was tipping down with rain again!

We finished up at Holkham again, lots of Geese including the Snow Goose again. A Grey Partridge gave some good views, three Barn Owls were quartering below the Church, but best of all, Karen spotted a Woodcock sat out in the open beside a small pool near to us - nice! It made the fact my camera was knackered even MORE annoying though...

Not too bad I suppose!

We retired, wet and bedraggled, to the B and B, and yet again the Bowling Green saw us through the evening, our final evening in fact.

(Click on 'newer post' for Day Four)

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