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Friday, January 21st, 2011
0845hrs on the cliff at Hunstanton was a big ask (modern speak, yuk!) but there was an excellent turnout of 20 or so all eager to go! It was blowing & then some! However our sharp-eyed leaders had soon got Red-breasted Merganser, Velvet Scoter and Fulmar spotted. I’m not sure what else was seen as I was one of those mavericks who thought they’d try to get Golden Pheasant at Wolverton triangle on the way by & actually succeeded for the 3rd time in about 15 attempts! Stonking male job, too!
So, ‘Titchwell’ was the cry & we shambled along in a loose fleet. I’ve never seen so many birdy folks there before! It was the best day weatherwise for weeks & everyone was out taking advantage. Inevitably our group got split up but we exchanged notes on passing & all saw a fabulous number of species. Listing a few to encourage those who weren’t there this year not to miss in future: Water Rail at 5 yds, Spotted Redshank at 15 yds, Brambling on feeders, Northern Harrier, Hen Harrier, Marsh Harrier, Peregrine, Pintail, Water Pipit. We were impressed by the new hide and even more by the birds at sea & on the beach: Great Northern Diver, Red-throated Diver, Slavonian Grebe, Red-necked Grebe, Long-tailed Duck, Common & Velvet Scoter, Sanderling, Snow Bunting, Shorelark.
The next plan was to re-assemble at Holkham Hall but the distractions on the way caused chaos! Ross’s Goose with thousands of Pink-feet & Rough–legged Buzzard at Burnham Overy split us up again. No one saw all the good things on offer but the day’s total of some 115 species was outstanding! Many thanks go to Brian & Trevor and don’t you miss-out next year!