February 5th Norfolk Exclusive Day Tour 2019

A lovely winter’s day birding filled with wildfowl and special birds!

I picked up Steve & Debbie from the White Horse at Brancaster and we started with some nice easy birding just at the back of the pub, out on the saltmarsh. There was a lovely selection of birds, lots of Dark-bellied Brent Geese, Teal, Shelduck, plus Bar & Black-tailed Godwit, Redshank, Curlew, Grey Plover and a very confiding Turnstone. A nice surprise, was a Great White Egret flying briefly and then just with the head visible in one of the channels. Overhead 2 Red Kites and a Marsh harrier kept the wildfowl on their toes.

A very confiding Turnstone

Dark-bellied Brents on a fly-by!

Teal and a Black-tailed Godwit take flight!

We then headed to the Staithe harbour where there was some very confiding Teal, allowing close views, plus a lovely Little Egret in it’s breeding plumage finery!

Little Egrets may be numerous now but they can be stunning in their breeding plumage!

We next had a walk around at Titchwell, out on Patsy’s pool there was great views of 5-6 Common Snipe, a nice group of Pochard, Mallard, Gadwall and a Little Grebe. Also great views of several Marsh Harrier, and the walk back provided lovely scope views of a male Bullfinch. A bit of searching revealed the usual Water Rail in its favoured location too!

This Water Rail continues to be faithful to it’s wintering haunt and was showing really well again, today.

We had a nice bit of lunch and thawed out, and enjoyed a very friendly Robin in the car park!

A Titchwell car park Robin!

We then headed to Holkham. From the Lady Anne’s drive, there was superb grazing flock of c2000 Wigeon, probably the best numbers I have seen here this winter, plus plenty of Teal. Out on the saltmarsh there was the usual Meadow¬†Pipits and a few Rock Pipits. We eventually got up nice and close to around 45 Snow Bunting, as always a joy to watch. Out in the bay there was a small flock of Common Scoter, a lovely group of 6 Red-breasted Merganser, several Red-throated Diver and eventually a really nice Great Northern Diver.

A fantastic spread of c2000 Wigeon just off the driveway at Holkham, today.

A final bit of searching on the way back and we found the Shorelarks initially I had 6 birds, but these were joined by a second group of 22 Shorelark, so a nice group of 28 Shorelark.

We had a very enjoyable day and rounded off with a nice cuppa at The Lookout!