Friday, 31 October 2008
Sunday, 26 October 2008
Went to Norfolk for a few days in October staying in Old Hunstanton.The first day was not good at all with a strong icy wind blowing so a visit to Cley produced no decent birds.
The next two days were much better and visits to Titchwell were very rewarding with loads of waders on the scapes incl. a Curlew Sandpiper,2 Spoonbills and some Spotted Redshanks.The marsh on the left of the main path was very acitive with a few thousand Pink-footed Geese,a Hen Harrier and a few Marsh Harriers amongst the usual suspects.
Titchwell beach was also very rewarding particularly early on when the tide was very high allowing you to get close to Sanderlings,Turnstones Redshanks,Knot etc.Best of all was a Purple Sandpiper and a very accomodating Lapland Bunting.
As it was nice weather I raced over to Brandon Marsh on Friday morning.Things were very quiet till I got to the Carlton hide where a short wait was rewarded with a visit by one of the Kingfishers who put on a fishing display and a Water Rail who showed well in front of the hide.
Also a Goldcrest which is one of my bogey birds regearding getting a decent picture showed well just to the left of the hide.Not a bad hour.
The Black-tailed Godwit was on the East Marsh but too far for getting a decent shot.There were at least 15 Common Snipe on the East Marsh as well.