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!