Saturday 22 January 2011


Four of us headed Norfolk early morning with a few things in mind. I personally wanted visit Stubb Mill for the cranes anything else was a bonus. We arrived Tichwell 9am a reserve Ive always had a soft spot for but its changed a lot from my last visit & for the better. The walk to the posh new hide got us Marsh Harrier & Barn Owl. Plenty of birds on the fresh water lagoon Goldeneye Pochard Shoveler Pintail & Gadwall were the better ducks. Waders were all on a small spit a few Knot plenty of Ruff, Golden Plover, Black tailed Godwit, Redshank and Lapwing. A small flock of Dunlin & just 2 Grey plovers were mixed in. A single Avocet seems to be wintering on the reserve. The Brackish marsh didn't hold the Shorelarks it did the day previous but Water Pipit, Linnets, Twite Skylarks & Water Pipit all offered good views. Other Birds to note dotted around were Cettis Warbler , Water rail, Brent Goose & Snipe. Cantaley was next stop as one of the lads needed Lesser White Fronted Goose my hopes were not to high as it can be a bugger. Around a 100 Bean Geese were there with nearly as many White Fronts it took an hour to get a couple of poor views of his neck & head popping out of a ditch. We had much better luck at Stubb Mill 9 cranes were seen with 3 landing and offering splendid low flybys. I'm sure half of Norfolks Marsh Harriers came into roost plus a Ringtail, Kestrel, Sparrow Hawk & Barn owl. Other birds to note were Pink Feet's Stonechat & Hooded Crow. You got to just love Norfolk

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