Monday, 1 March 2010

Guist Common et al

A Barn Owl followed me up the road out of Dereham and a Little Egret was in a roadside flooded field south of North Elmham, where a Nuthatch flew across the road in the village. After seeing a hybrid Lady Amherst's / Golden Pheasant (I'll have to go back to see if there are any 'pure' ones!!) I popped to Guist and spent an enjoyable time in the area. Spring was trying to be in the air, as Goldcrest was singing, along with my 1st Treecreeper of the Route. A pair (?) of Little Egret were together on the marsh. At least two pairs of Common Buzzard were displaying and I was (un)pleasantly surprised to find that the Harris Hawk had returned to the area, constantly in the company of two Common Buzzard - it was heard to make a crow-like call! Later another Nuthatch was heard calling, although other woodland birds were rather few. It was good to meet up with the land owner at Bintree Mill.

A brief trip to Swanton Morley was disrupted by the amount of water. It looks good, with a number of good flooded areas, but there was little today, the highlight being a flyover drake Goosander!

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Norfolk 364 BOU, 376 UK400, Year 158, Route 100, Sp 76, SM 80, SF 36

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