Friday, 2 December 2016

Norfolk Day 2 - Sculthorpe Moor & RSPB Snettisham

The weather wasn't looking great for the Sunday so we made a plan to go to the Hawk and Owl Trust at Sculthorpe Moor and hopefully if the weather improved as per the forecast head up to Snettisham to see the Pink Foots come in.

As we headed out of the visitor centre at Sculthorpe a Sparrowhawk surprised us by trying to take one of the Tits of the feeders, sadly for it, it ended in failure, but was great for us to see. Of course it all happened to quickly for me to even lift my camera up!

The woods and hides gave us some respite from the constant drizzle and we had a great few hours adding woodland species to our Norfolk list:
 Marsh Tit,
 Collared Dove,
 Great Tit,
 Marsh Tit,
I can't recommend Sculthorpe Moor enough, the reserve is fantastic, with lovely walks and great hides.

The weather did improve so we set off for Snettisham, about half an hour away and went out to the hide overlooking both the lagoons and sea, again its a brilliant place.

The lagoons were full of Wigeon, Lapwings, Cormorant, Greylags, Canada Geese, Goldeneye, Little Grebe and Mallard. While the muddy shore held, Dunlin, Redshank, Godwit, Shelduck, Knot, Lapwing, Oystercatcher and a host of other waders unidentifiable in the fading light and also because of the distance out to sea.

At around 4.15, the Pink Foots arrived on mass, thousands upon thousands coming in and settling down on the mud flats for the night. A truly awesome sight.

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