Anser Birding Norfolk 14-16 November 2008 trip report

A selection of images from the trip. We called in at Draycote Water and the Phalarope en-route, the calm sunny day was most helpful in gaining great views. All images taken with Nikon Coolpix 995 and Swarovski 30x HD65 scope.

Red-necked Grebe, Draycote Water


Grey Phalarope, Bedfordshire and Twite, Salthouse.

Great Northern Diver, Draycote Water.

Black Brant and Dark-bellied Brents, Titchwell

Reed Bunting, Thornham.

More notable birds are listed below, over 100 species seen on this trip.

Red-throated Diver, seen off Holme close inshore on 15th and a few distantly from Titchwell on 16th.
Great Northern Diver, two juveniles close inshore at Draycote Water on 14th and one adult off Titchwell beach on 16th.
Slavonian Grebe, one off Holme on 15th and Titchwell on 16th.
Little Grebe, seen at a few sites.
Great Crested Grebe, seen in numbers at Draycote and on the sea.
Red-necked Grebe, one at Draycote Water on 14th and distantly off Titchwell 16th.
Fulmar, seen offshore in small numbers (<5).
Gannet. small parties and a single noted past.
Shag, a first winter at Draycote.
Bittern, one flew very close around us at Titchwell RSPB at dusk on 15th.
Little Egret, 10+ seen between Holme and Titchwell.
Grey Heron.
Mute Swan.
Whooper Swan, 1000 at WWT Welney.
Pink-footed Goose, 5000 noted, very low numbers (90,000 in Lancs still).
Greylag Goose
Dark-bellied Brent, 350 noted.
Black Brant, one of the usual wintering birds showed well on the scrape at Titchwell.
Shelduck, Mallard, Gadwall, Shoveler, Wigeon, Teal, Tufted Duck, Pochard,
Egyptian Goose, one at Titchwell.
Eider, a few immatures off Titchwell.
Common Scoter, a few close in but flocks mostly distant offshore.
Long-tailed Duck, 2 males and female E and a male W past Holme on 15th, three stunning males off Tichwell RSPB on 16th.
Goldeneye, seen flying over the sea and at Draycote Water.
Goosander, two males and a female W over Home on 15th, perhaps leaving a roost on the Broad Water?
Red-breasted Merganser, seem off Holme with about 20 noted.
Red Kite, one on A6 south of A14 on 14th.
Marsh Harrier, a few noted with 12+ at the Stubb Mill Roost on 14th.
Hen Harrier, a female over the road and fields near Burnham/Holkham on 15th.
Buzzard, two noted and Sparrowhawk and Kestrel.
Red-legged Partridge, Pheasant, Water Rail, Moorhen and Coot all seen/heard.
Common Crane, 34 flew into the Stubb Mill Roost.
Avocet, 14 at Cley and 2 at Titchwell.
Oystercatcher, Ringed Plover, Grey and Golden Plover, Lapwing, Knot, Sanderling, Turnstone, Dunlin, Redshank,Black-tailed Godwit, Bar-tailed Godwit, Curlew, Snipe were all noted, c30,000 waders were seen at the high tide roosts along the Holme/Old Hunstanton area. The Knot performed amazing displays. 15 species in total.
Little Stint, one flew around the fresh marsh at Ttichwell on 16th.
Spotted Redshank one flew out of the freshmarsh at Titchwell RSPB.
Grey Phalarope, one on floods near Radwell, Bedforshire on 14th.
Ruff, small flocks at Cley and Titchwell.
Arctic Skua. two off Titchwell on 16th.
Black-headed, Common, Herring, LBB and GBB Gulls.
Kittiwake, 10 following the trawler off Titchwell.
Stock Dove, Woodpigeon, Collared Dove, Tawny Owl (heard) (ten sp in total).
Barn Owl, four hunting near Holkham on 15th.
Skylark and Meadow Pipits.
Water Pipit, one at Titchwell on 16th.
Rock Pipit, a few at Thornham and Titchwell.
Pied Wagtail, Wren, Dunnock, Robin, Stonechat, Song Thrush, Redwing, Fieldfare, Mistle Thrush, Blackbird and Cetti’s Warbler (latter at Titchwell).
Goldcrest, Great, Coal, Blue and Long-tailed Tits, Marsh Tit in Bedfordshire, Magpie, Jay, Jackdaw, Rook and Carrion Crow, Starling, House Sparrow, Chaffinch, Linnet, Goldfinch, Greenfinch, Reed Bunting, Yellowhammer (30 species in total).
Snow Bunting, six at Holme and one at Titchwell on 16th.
Lapland Bunting, three at Thornham on 15th.
Corn Bunting, two at Choseley on 16th.

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