|To the land of the Brent Geese Branta bernicla|
With a parcel arriving from Amazon tomorrow and the good weather forecast moved forward a day, this seemed like to good an opportunity to miss. So, up in the dark and away with all lights burning before 6.30 and arrived at RSPB Titchwell at 8 o'clock and before the staff. I even got the best spot in the car park and then set off in the early morning light in the hope that i would pick up Bearded Tits, Bramblings and a good selection of ducks and geese. The sky was clear and the day was to be full sun and no cloud but with a cold breeze coming out of the north-west. But before arriving I had already had some of my birding dreams come true. Not the fort birds of the day which were Crow, Rook, Wood Pigeon and Blackbird but that silent white ghost, the Barn Owl. Not having seen a Barn Owl since my last one in Norfolk almost three years ago, this individual swept slowly past the front of the car and even managed to kiss the windscreen leaving a weird impression on same. Fortunately, the bird did not go to ground and managed to recover, no doubt with a severe head ache, and managed to fly off on its dreamy flight. Not only this ghostly apparition but a large flock of Fieldfares almost immediately afterwards who appeared to be tucking into a breakfast of juicy red Hawthorne berries.
|Pink-footed Goose Anser brachyrhynchus|
|Brent Goose Branta bernicla|
|Shelduck Tadorna tadorna|
|Redshank Tringa totanus (above) and Curlew Numenius arquata (Below)|
|Only a few of the thousands of Pink-footed Geese Anser brachyrhynchus|
|Turnstone Arenaria interpres turning stones!|
Cley seemed very exposed with a handful of Avocets on Pat's Pool along with a Curlew, the latter not a common sighting at this site. I eventually braved the sea breeze and walked the beach to the ruined hide but very little to see. A flock of about an hundred Golden Plovers were resting on the grass near the beach along with more widespread Lapwings and I though my luck had changed and picked up Snow Buntings feeding on the beach but, no, turned out to be a small charm of Goldfinches with a number of Linnets inter-mixed with their cousins. But I did pick up a couple of Blue Tits and a handful of House Sparrows at the nearby Cley Spy shop before starting out on the return journey to Stamford. Sixty birds for the day so not too disappointed.
|Almost a hundred Golden Plovers Pluvialis apricaria resting near the coast|
Pink-footed Goose, Brent Goose, Shelduck, Gadwall, Wigeon, Mallard, Shoveler, Teal, Tufted Duck, Pochard, Pheasant, Little Grebe, Little Egret, Heron, Marsh Harrier, Kestrel, Moorhen, Coot, Oystercatcher, Avocet, Ringed Plover, Lapwing, Golden Plover, Grey Plover, Sanderling, Dunlin, Whimbrel, Curlew, Ruff, Black-tailed Godwit, Redshank, Greenshank, Green Sandpiper, Turnstone, Black-headed Gull, Herring Gull, Rock Dove, Wood Pigeon, Barn Owl, Wren, Dunnock, Robin, Blackbird, Fieldfare, Redwing, Blue Tit, Great Tit, Magpie, Jackdaw, Rook, Crow, Starling, House Sparrow, Chaffinch, Goldfinch, Linnet, Reed Bunting.
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