...another blooming Cold!
Saturday 6th March
Spent a very profitable morning around Guist, although the main quarry, Bittern was not seen. However, whilst waiting an impressive array was encountered. 3 Mandarins were under the bridge, including one fine drake. Another threesome, in the form of 3 Siskins flew over, were amazingly followed later in the morning by 4 calling Lesser Red poll. A Grey Wagtail also flew over. There were many sightings of Buzzards, including eight together at one time, 2 pairs displaying and another two interacting with the Harris Hawk again. Both Coal and Marsh Tit were present, with a close encounter of the latter singing. (A) Great Spotted Woodpecker(s) were active, as were Reed Bunting and Stock Dove. The best bird appeared from the N, interacted briefly with some Buzzards - including mock displaying - and then drifted off SW, a male Goshawk.
Friday 5th March
Barn Owls were seen at Guist, Thornage village and N of Thornage. There were 6 Pochard on Snipe's Marsh, 3 drakes (with a pair of Mallard). Little Grebes were calling for the first time, with pairs on the pool and in the dyke across the road. 2 Cetti's were still singing and 2 Marsh Harriers were seen. Further Barn Owls were S of Cley and 2 Iron Road. There were 8+ Ruff with Lapwing at Salthouse, were gull numbers continue to slowly rise.
After having a quick look at the flighty Snow Bunting at Salthouse and a quiet sea, Oystercatcher was finally added to the Route list, with 2 on pools behind the Duck Pond, Salthouse. Cetti's and Marsh Harriers were noted in the drizzle, before a late arrival at Guist, where c 150 Pied Wagtail and Barn Owl were on show.
Thursday 4th March
A Barn Owl was S of North Elmham. 21 Wigeon and a Shoveler made the most of the flooded pool at Bintree Mill, where Great Spotted and (finally) Green Woodpeckers were heard nearby. A Sparrowhawk was an early riser. The Barn Owl S of Cley showed well, as did one at Walsey. Marsh Harriers and Sparrowhawk were present over Cley.
A visit to Sheringham Seafront after work was eventually rewarded with stunning views of the Glaucous Gull and two Fulmar West. c50 Snow Bunting were seen from Salthouse, as well as c 20 Dunlin. A bulky pipit called to give itself away as a Rock. Another Barn Owl was seen, with 2 more at the Iron Road and a final bird at Guist (where a very late arrival only produced c100 restless Pied Wagtails coming out of the reeds briefly, before returning).
Wednesday 3rd March
I was amazed to see three Partridges fighting in the middle of the road and even more amazed when they turned out to be Grey Partridges. A Grey Heron strutted across the frozen field, with a Barn Owl at Beetley.
Pochard numbers on Snipe's Marsh has risen to 4 (1 drake), where 2 Cetti's were still singing and 4 Marsh Harriers seen. 3 Shoveler were at Salthouse, including 2 drakes.
Norfolk Bird Info to:
Norfolk 364 BOU, 376 UK400, Year 158, Route 108, Sp 76, SM 80, SF 36