Saturday, 3 December 2016

Norfolk - Days 3 & 4

The weather on the Monday was dreadful heavy rain and windy all day, not pleasant for walking, so on occasions like this we resort to using the car as a hide. There are plenty of places on the coast where you can get close to the birds in the car.

We were staying in Brancaster Staithe, so we started at the harbour there, there is always plenty going on and just a few feet from the car,
 Grey Plover,

From Brancaster we moved on to Mortson Quay, to find much of the same.

We decided to head down to Cley and explore the roads that go up to the shore, but there was little about, however we did pick up our first Stonechat of the week;

We took the opportunity to go past Cley and on to Salthouses, we picked up a Peregrine hunting always nice to see.

So not much else to report for Day 3.

Day 4 saw us drop into Brancastre Staithe again to start the day, we then travelled on to Thornham Marshes from which we walked to Holme Dunes to see what was about. At Thornham we started with a Skylark grubbing around in the mud
and small flocks of Starling being very busy shifting around the grasses, one of which contained an interesting leucistic member:
The walk provided the chance for a few nice photos, Redshank,
 Brent Geese,
 a Black-headed Gull still in summer plumage, playing Billy-no-mates and keeping clear of the other Gulls,
 plenty of Curlew about,
 and some lovely Bar-tailed Godwit
 and Grey Plover.
The distant near shoreline held a lot of Gulls, with a few Great-blacl Backed Gulls and the far shore had plenty of Waders, but to distant to identify
After Thornham we had another try at Holkham for Geese but again they weren't playing!

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