We were about to start today with a seawatch off Cley, but the first bird flashed by distracting as we got out of the minibus. A superb female Merlin at full speed cruised past the group!
On the sea several Red-throated Diver, lots of Gannet, skeins of Pink-footed Goose, a few Brent Goose, small flocks of Pintail, Teal & Wigeon passed by, plus lots of Guillemot & Razorbill.
We then headed to Warham to look for the Yellow-browed warbler, but couldn't locate this bird in rather windy conditions, but great views of close up Buzzard & Marsh Harrier.
We lunched at Titchwell & then had a wonderful early afternoon's birding with a plethora of wildfowl & waders, highlights were eventually good views of Bearded Tit, several Marsh Harrier, Water Rail briefly flew across in front of us, plenty of Ruff, Black & Bar-tailed Godwit, Dunlin, Knot, a few Snipe, 2 Spotted Redshank, a Greenshank, 5 Spoonbil & a Little Stint.
Down on the sea, there was 2 close inshore Common Scoter & 3 Eider, with more distant Great crested Grebe & Red-throated Diver.
Days total of 94 species
Saturday 29th September
We again started with an hours seawatching at Cley, we saw many similar species as the previous day, but also had lovely views of 2-3 juv Arctic Tern & lots of Sandwich tern feeding in front of us. Another addition were several distant Kittiwake passing by & several groups of Brent Goose & Pink-feet flew in off the sea. Also noteworthy was a steady passage of House Martins moving west. Also worth mentioning was a Common Porpoise noted several times offshore.
We then had a walk around Holkham, there were 1000+Pink-footed Geese on the marsh, passerine birding proved tricky in the windy conditions but we did see plenty of Goldcrest, 2 Chiff-chaff, Treecreeper, Nuthatch & noticeable were large numbers of Jays.
We had lunch near Holkham & enjoyed good views of several Buzzards floating over the nearby woodland, plus a Sparrowhawk & Kestrel.
We spent the afternoon round Cley where we saw great numbers of Wigeon, Teal, a few Pintail, plus Ruff, Dunlin & Curlew. We managed to see Bearded Tit again, albeit briefly in the gusty wind! Stonechat was added to the list, we finished the day at Salthouse with another Stonechat, plus 2 close fly by Red-throated Diver.
Day 2 running total of 103 species