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February 2nd - Sennowe area

A circular walk with a light covering of snow - the landscape was picture postcard.

Best birds were
4 Buzzard, 2 Sparrowhawk, 1 Kestrel, 3 Bullfinch, 2 Nuthatch. On the lake 60 Tufted Duck, 30 Pochard, 40 Wigeon, 30 Teal, 2 Goldeneye, 3 Great Crested Grebe, 2 Shelduck.

Small flock of
Yellowhammer 20 - feeding in stubble.

Still
50-60 Fieldfare feeding in pasture edge of Themelthorpe


February 3rd - Bintree woods

Did another local circular walk but saw little of note!!  Best birds were 5 Bullfinch, 12 Skylark & p Meadow Pipit at Yarrow Lane, Bintree.


February 9th - Holme

I arrived around 0800, the tide was in and I decided on a sea-watch from Gore Pt. A few more birds than of late, and I managed to count 27 Long-tailed Ducks offshore, also good number of Red-throated Diver 25 on the sea, with 10 east & 10 west. Also 27 Great crested Grebe, 7 Eider,
4 Goldeneye, 6 Fulmar west, 4 Red-breasted Mergansers
on the sea with 4 east & 4 west, 6 Shelduck west & just 2 Common Scoter east.

Just off Gore Pt there was a good rost of waders & gulls, despite scanning I could find nothing unusual amongst them;
380 Oystercatcher, 500 Herring Gull, 20 Great black-backs, 50 Common Gull. A welcome disturbance scattered them a female Merlin, after dashing around for a few minutes she chose to obligingly perch on one of the small wooden posts allowing nice scope views. A wander along the shoreline resulted in better views of the Long-tailed Ducks and also 2 groups of Snow Buntings 15 & 10.

A walk up to the Obs,
25 Shoveler on the Broadwater and probably as many again out on the Marsh. From the Obs 2 Marsh Harriers were regularly visible and I picked up a single Common Buzzard heading west, although Jed & Sophe the wardens had had 3 over earlier on, also 2 Barn Owls were hunting the marsh.

I headed over to Holme marsh,
200 Brents in flight 2 more Barn Owls! 1 Woodcock flushed, 2 Bullfinch and 2 Water Rail.



February 10th - Wensum Valley Bintree Mill - Bintree Woods - Swanton Morley

This was a circular walk of 10 miles with our bins around our necks just in case. We managed to total 10 Bullfinches inclusive of great views of a male singing - don't very often hear them sing! 2 Barn owls, 10 Siskin, 50 Fieldfare & 80 Redwing at Bintree Mill, 1 Common Buzzard over Bintree wood.



February 14th - Holme & Beeston Common

Walked in from the Thornham side this morning - lots of waders out towards Thornham channel  - 350 Bar-tailed Godwit, 200+ Knot, 70 Dunlin, 50+ Turnstone, 120 Golden Plover, 150 Curlew, 25 Shelduck & lots of Redshank. Also 2 Scandinavian Rock Pipit around Thornham harbour.

Took time out to look on the sea at Gore Pt. there was considerably less than last weekend. Red-throated Diver 5 east & 5 west, 12 Great Crested Grebe, 2 Cormorant, 150 Brent Geese flew over & 2 Common Scoter west.

A Chiff-chaff possibly the same bird as of the 12th January was along the River Hun , but much between Redwell hide & the road this time




February 14th - Holme & Beeston Common

Walked in from the Thornham side this morning - lots of waders out towards Thornham channel  - 350 Bar-tailed Godwit, 200+ Knot, 70 Dunlin, 50+ Turnstone, 120 Golden Plover, 150 Curlew, 25 Shelduck & lots of Redshank. Also 2 Scandinavian Rock Pipit around Thornham harbour.

Took time out to look on the sea at Gore Pt. there was considerably less than last weekend. Red-throated Diver 5 east & 5 west, 12 Great Crested Grebe, 2 Cormorant, 150 Brent Geese flew over & 2 Common Scoter west.

A Chiff-chaff possibly the same bird as of the 12th January was along the River Hun , but much between Redwell hide & the road this time


Finished off with superb views and some pics of a very confiding
Bittern at Beeston Common nr Sheringham.
To see the Bittern pics - click here.


February 23rd - Holme & Blickling Lake

Headed off first to nearby Blickling Lake where we had great views of the 1st Winter Great Northern Diver, it started off down the far end of the lake, but was soon diving right in front of us and I got some shots with the camera - (click here for the pics), although the light was unfavaourably monochrome!!

At Holme, the highlights were great views of a juvenile
Peregrine chasing a Teal, with a Marsh Harrier also involved in the melee! We had poor flight views of 2 Lapland Bunting off Thornham bank mixed with around 50 Skylark in the stubble, also 2 Scandi Rock Pipit along here & 2 Spotted Redshank in Thornham creek. At NOA there was a super male Brambling at the feeders, and a pair of Stonechat in the dunes plus 2 Grey Partridge.

Along the River Hun, there was now
3 Chiff-Chaff, 1 has been present most of the winter, but 3 suggests birds are starting to move - these maybe eastern european breeders that have wintered in the south of the UK.

We finished with a bounty of birds under a wonderful sunset from Thornham bank,
500 Golden Plover, 250 lapwing, 150 Brents, 500 Common Gull, 300 Black-headed, 10+ Great black-backs, 50 Herring Gull also 50 Shelduck.
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