Thursday, 6 September 2007

Norfolk

Just got back from 2 and a half days on the north Norfolk coast. The trip didn't offer any rarities, but it was good to visit a couple of new places that I'll definitely be visiting on future trips.
The N.O.A bird observatory and reserve at Holme is typical of the north Norfolk coast, beatiful natural beach with dunes, turning into scrub and farm land. There is a small pine plantation there too. We saw these snipe from one of the hides looking over one of the lagoons there. When Michael opened one of the viewing flaps the hinges let off an almighty squeek causing these two birds to stop dead in this rather nice pose.
The other place that impressed me was Burnham Overy marshes (scenic photo). The walk out to the beach reminded me a lot of the walk along the sea wall at Cley. We saw some nice Grey Plover here.
Other trip highlights included a Snow Goose that flew over (although I couldn't determine whether it was an escaped or wild bird), 2 Tawny Owls calling to each other at Burnham Market (on the walk to the pub) and a noisy flock of mixed passerines in Holkham woods (included Long Tailed Tits, Coal Tits, Blue Tits, Gold Crests and even a tree creeper seemed to be involved). The noise soon stopped when a pair of Hobbys started to circle above.
Roll on the next trip.

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