The Whitlingham Bird Report 2020 is available now (click here)

For previous years (2012-2019) see the links on the Whitlingham Bird List page.

2nd January 2009

Making the most of a second day off, I walked through Trowse to Whitlingham Country Park. The alders around the little broad contained Long-tailed Tit and Siskin flocks, but no sign of any Redpoll or Goldcrest. Year ticks came thick and fast, Shoveler, Gadwall, Tufted Duck & Pochard. I started counting a flock of Greylag Geese, when part way through I came across a lone Barnacle Goose. This is the first Barnacle Goose I've seen at Whitlingham, and although it is more likely to come from the resident population at Buckenham than be a genuine migrant, it was still a pleasing find. The woods and sewage farm failed to turn up anything of interest. Back at the great broad, the long-staying female Scaup was showing well at the east end. In the conservation area a Little Grebe and 11 Teal had joined the commoner ducks. On the way back a Canada Goose was on the bank, an uncharacteristic winter record as they tend to abandon the broad for the river in late autumn.

40 species seen for the day, taking my year total up to 49 species.

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