Expecting Chiffchaff to be around, I wasn't disappointed, as 7 were counted at SW and 5 at SP. More of a surprise was a Willow Warbler singing at SW, a bit early, I thought, until I had another at SP which also had a singing Blackcap. Real 'highlights' came, though in the form of calling birds. With plenty of Oystercatchers around I was surprised to pick up on a different call of a Redshank that headed over NW, with another calling bird came in the form of a Nuthatch, both good patch birds! Sparham, though, produced the true highlight of the day, when a singing Firecrest was found between the car park and the Main Pool. It showed well and I even managed to get DA onto it before he successfully raced down to Minsmere! A Little Ringed Plover was on the Island, only to quickly disappear and 3 redhead Goosander were still present.
Thursday and Friday Highlights
A Greenshank flew over W Salthouse, where a wonderful female Merlin was seen. At least 1 Firecrest was still around, but I didn't see any on Friday (or a Raven). An imm White-fronted Goose was E of East Bank on Thurs and, strangely a Pink-footed Goose was N A149 on Friday, both with Greylag. A single Wheatear was seen Fri, but no sign of the group or the Med Gulls either day. A Common Buzzard was S of Holt.
Norfolk Bird Info to:
Norfolk 364 BOU, 376 UK400, Year 170, Route 122, Sp 85, SM 87, SF 38