Last week I had the opportunity to spend some time in a friend's cottage close to the north Norfolk coast. As it was (or so I expected!) a good week for spring migrants I planned to visit a number of sites during the week hoping to discover loads of newly arrived summer migrants. First up was Snettisham RSPB reserve. After two and a half hours of searching all I had managed to turn up was a single Swallow, a Blackcap and a few Chiffchaff.. The tide was out so the waders were miles away; the wind was up so there was little moving about. Not very promising.
Thornham and Holme were just as bad. A couple of Ring Ouzels had been reported earlier in the day but they were not there when I was!
Titchwell was devoid of birds...bad. And people...not so bad. I did manage to locate a single Little Ringed Plover and a few singing Sedge Warblers but that was it.
Holkham Hall held a good flock of 15 House Martins a couple of Swallows as well as loads of Chiffchaffs and a couple of Blackcaps.
Burnham Overy Staithe dunes was the best place during the week with half a dozen Ring Ouzel and half a dozen Northern Wheatear.
So five days in North Norfolk in mid April produced Chiffchaff, Blackcap, Sedge Warbler, Northern Wheatear, Ring Ouzel, Little Ringed Plover, Swallow and House Martin. Generally I was left photographing the more common species. But the walking and the company were good.
|Skylark - Snettisham|
|Avocet - Everywhere|
|Displaying Redshank - Thornham|
|Red Kite - Holme|
|Sanderling - Holme Dunes|
|Herring Gull - Everywhere|
|Oystercatcher - also just about everywhere|
|Little Egret - Holme|
|Knot - Thornham|
|Bar-tailed Godwit - Burnham Deepdale|
|Common Gull - Common!|
|Shelduck - all over the shop.|
|Black-headed Gull - Why not?|
|Pheasant - Garden!|
|Greylag Goose - Everywhere and then some.|
|Linnet - Singing male.|
|Curlew - Thornham|
|Moorhen - in a tree.|
|Drake Red-crested Pochard - Titchwell (one of the only birds on the reserve)|
|Barnacle Goose - Holkham Hall; an introduced bird.|
|Grey Partridge - in a field.|
|Black-tailed Godwit - up to its eyes in it.|
|Ring Ouzel - Gun Hill - a proper real migrant.|
|Wren - on top of its world.|