Saturday, 12 January 2008

Cley, Salthouse, Cromer, Kelling, Wells, Flitcham, Roydon & King's Lynn

Leaving Southampton at 2am, Ant and I reached Cley just before 6. Where i had already seen the bird i new the best vantage points and got out the car nice and early to claim our positions. We waited till about 8:45 when the White-crowned Sparrow put in its first appearance, smack bang in the middle of the driveway, the impatient buggers again ran to the gate and it didn't stick around long. I managed to get some better shots than i had done previously.

The main attraction...again. Setting out extra early , paid off. (c) Ashley Howe

Allowing other people to see the Sparrow, we moved off to Salthouse where Snow and Lapland Buntings were showing very well....again.

We coudn't go for the Sparrow again and not pay these little beauties a visit. (c) Ashley Howe

East, to Cromer where we nailed the 1st winter Waxwing with ease, showing well down to 10 yards on berries in the car park of Rainbow Food Store.

As soon as we got there the Waxwing came down form the tree and begun to feed on the berries beneath. (c) Ashley Howe

The Lesser Snow Goose was quite mobile, so we waited on news at Kelling where a couple of Egyptian Geese showed well, with Golden Plover and Brambling as a supporting cast.

The Egyptian Goose showing well, and a lone Golden Plover by the first pool (c) Ashley Howe

The Lesser Snow Goose (adult white morph) was again pinned down at Wells along Creake Road, and through the masses of thousands of Pink-feet, the bird could easily be picked out at rane to the right side of the field.

Only billion miles away.....but yeh, you can see the white blob, which was the Lesser Snow Goose (c) Ashley Howe

There was nothing at Choseley, nor much else at Flitcham besides Snipe and a Marsh Tit and a peculiar looking Goose in a flock of 1000+ Pink-feet which resembled a hybrid Pink-foot x Snow Goose.

Roydon Common held a Great Grey Shrike, very, very, distantly. But the bird all the same. Next stop was King's Lynn, with the day going so perfect, surely the Ricahrd's Pipit would mess things up. Fortunately not, after moving abit further up the track, we enjoyed cracking close views of it up to dusk, with Marsh Harrier, putting up the Knots and Lapwings. A Green Sandpiper circling us and Grey Partridge late on.

Richard's Pipit showing well for the small group gathered, running up the track along the seawall. (c) Ashley Howe

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