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Wednesday, 4 July 2012

Weds 4th July Norfolk Birding Guided Day

Today was a day tour for two birders, starting just after lunch & running through till dark.

We started the day off at a good vantage point, looking for raptors & scanning produced a good selection of birds 6+ Marsh Harrier, 8+ Buzzard, 2 RED KITE,  Sparrowhawk & Kestrel.  We moved on to another vantage point after an hour & eventually had further  good views of  Marsh Harrier,  Buzzard,  Sparrowhawk & Kestrel plus superb views of a beautiful perched Turtle Dove.  Nearby we also located 3 3+ Tree Sparrow, 2 Grey Partridge & plenty of Linnet, Whitethroat & Yellowhamer.

We then headed over to Titchwell, dodging the heavy afternoon showers!  A good selection of birds from the hides on the way out 2 Spotted Redshank, 500 Bar-tailed Godwit, 60 Knot, 10 Curlew, 2 Ruff 2 juv Bearded Tit,  & lots of Oystercatcher & Avocet. 

Out on the beach we had nice views of Sandwich, Common & Little Tern, & on the return leg past the scrapes a SPOONBILL had arrived & 7+ Spotted Redshank were all roosting together. Also noted first Emperor dragonfly of the year, during one of the drier spells.

We finished the day with 4+ Barn Owl, with one bird sitting perched in the drizzle very close to the car affording very close views, plus 2 Woodcock, 3 Nightjar, 1 Tawny Owl & lots of midges!

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