|Coues' Arctic Redpoll at Titchwell RSPB.|
|Another Arctic Redpoll shot.|
As usual there were many birds on the freshmarsh and brackish (now renamed the volunteer) marsh, and several posed for photographs.
|Winter plumage Spotted Redshank.|
|Avocet feeding close to the path.|
|Black-tailed Godwits - these two birds were seen fighting for c20 minutes.|
Other birds noted included: Egyptian Geese, 4 Red-crested Pochards (3 drakes), Chiffchaff, Siskin, Snipe, Ruff, 2 showy Water Rails, 2 Spotted Redshank, Pintail, female Goldeneye and Sanderlings.
We spent Monday (19th) around the Holkham NNR but not before noting a pair of Grey Partridge from the caravan at Heacham South Beach. The marshes between Burnham Norton and Wells-next-the-sea held a Barn Owl, numerous Brent, Pink-footed and White-fronted Geese, Ruff, Avocet, and 2 Muntjac Deer and a Stoat on the mammal front. At Holkham Gap we noted 3 Wheatears (2 males) and 5 Common Scoter plus a Firecrest and several Goldcrests amongst the pines.
On Tuesday (20th) we all headed inland, via a successful Woodlark stop at Roydon Common NWT, towards Fakenham where we got good views of the long staying Great Grey Shrike which was observed catching bees and occasionally singing/calling.
|Record Shot of the Great Grey Shrike at Fakenham.|
While watching the Shrike, 3 Common Buzzards and 1 Sparrowhawk were noted before the star raptor appeared in the same thermal - a fantastic Red Kite that eventually sailed right over the top of us.
|Red Kite overhead.|
We moved on to the nearby Hawk & Owl Trust reserve at Sculthorpe Moor where this Water Rail and a few Lesser Repoll were performing for the cameras.
|Showy Water Rail.|
|Water Rail looking back.|
|Lesser Redpoll at one of the feeders.|
Chiffchaff, 2 pairs of Bullfinch, Sparrowhawk, the cracking male Golden Pheasant, Treecreeper, Marsh Harrier and Marsh Tit rounded off another superb visit to this brilliant reserve. A quick stop at Flitcham Abbey Farm finally revealed the resident pair of Little Owls.
My sister joined Angela and myself on Wednesday (21st) for a walk around Hunstanton shops, noting Peregrine and lots of Fulmars during lunch on the clifftop. We moved on to the Sandringham Estate where Nuthatch (calling) and Goldcrest were added to the day list.
On Thursday (22nd) we finished our break in Norfolk at Cley NWT noting 2 Corn Buntings at Choseley drying barns on route. From the North hide we soon spotted the 2 Spoonbills, and I picked out a Pale-bellied Brent Goose in a flying flock of dark-bellied Brents.
And then it was time to head off north west to see our beloved Liverpool FC take on the mighty Wigan Athletic... more on that in the next blog post.
To round off this post.... a beautiful sunset viewed from Heacham South Beach looking out over The Wash towards Lincolnshire - magical.