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Wednesday, 24 February 2010

Golden Delight

With my job taking all across Norfolk each day, I get a choice of where I want to have lunch. Today it was Sandringham.
I started with a slow drive along the West Newton Road where a pair of Bullfinches played Hide & Seek in the bushes. Just beyond the old Water Mill were a half dozen Lesser Redpolls in the Silver Birches and a mixed bag of Fieldfares and Redwings were by the barns.
I decided on a slow drive around Wolferton Triangle. 7 Common Crossbill were feeding in the conifers there. While watching them a male Golden Pheasant walked past a gap in the Rhododendrons...and posed. It stayed for about 5 minutes allowing several photographs which turned out well, despite shutter speeds of 1/5 sec. All 3 males showed themselves eventually.
Later at the feeders there were the usual mixed tits then a grey and orange blur. A male Sparrowhawk took a Great Tit straight off the bird table, dropped it in a bramble and dived right in after it, got it and flew away, all within 10 seconds.

Sunday, 21 February 2010

Saturday 20th Feb 2010

Well this is a first! my first ever blog.

I spent the day birding with Robert Williamson. It started poorly with a wasted effort for Caspian Gull at the Great Massingham pig fields and the Grey Wagtails near Walsingham.
We had better luck at Wells boating lake where 4 Scaup showed well. There were no Brents on the Pitch n Putt so we went to Lady Annes Drive. 200 Eurasian White Fronted Geese were a good start but they soon went. A trek out to Holkham Gap failed to produce Shorelark but we had fine views of Rock Pipit. Seawatching produced Great Northern and Red Throated Diver, Red Breasted Merganser but only a few Common Scoter and Eider. Robert found a single Snow Bunting just a few yards from where we stood. Back to the car and there were at least 4 Barn Owls flying but most of the Wildfowl were distant though the weird looking leucistic Pink Footed Goose was obliging.
A return to Wells gave us at least 1 of the Black Brants despite the "would be golfers".
We had a brief look at the Snow Goose south of Titchwell Village and finished with Corn Bunting and Yellowhammer at Choseley Barns.
Not a bad day but could have been better.