Sunday, 24 January 2010

Norfolk Bird News

A presumed record flock of up to 44 Pale-bellied Brent Geese are currently near Walcott, as numbers of this sub-species continue to be reported. Sheringham still holds the Purple Sandpiper, but there have been no further reports of the Glaucous Gull - I must have been very lucky.

The Snow Goose is still being seen around Holkham and inland to Burnham Thorpe and the Rough-legged Buzzard continues at Chedgrave Marshes, best accessed via Waveney Forest and walking to the NW corner.

Holme's count of Long-tailed Ducks is 21+, along with Slavonian Grebe and Great Northern Diver offshore, as well as 2 White-fronted Geese on the freshmarsh - an uncommon sight here. The Red Kite continues to be seen in the area, with Water Pipit, Twite and Mealy Redpoll at Titchwell - where a Grey Phalarope was reported on Friday. A Grey Phalarope has shown well at Gibraltar Point recently.

Most interesting is a report of a Slavonian Grebe at Sparham - illness has stopped me getting out this weekend, but I may need a trip over there tomorrow! That with Hen Harrier seen roosting at Cley and Whooper Swan at Salthouse (Seapool) there are still plenty of patch ticks around!

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