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4th January 2009

A trip around Norfolk with Adam and Gary.

We left North Walsham at 8, heading to Felbrigg Hall. With no sign of any Hawfinches, we went down to the lake in the hope of seeing the Mandarin. As with all my visits, they had buggered off. There was compensation in the form of a Barn Owl, Water Rail and Grey Wagtail. Back at the car park a crowd of birders had gathered, and further along Gary located a Hawfinch at the top of a tree in the paddocks. Next stop was Salthouse, where I added a few common waders, before we found the Glaucous Gull looking down the beach towards Cley. Back in the car we stopped briefly at Cockthorpe to scan the Brent flock. Somehow Gary managed to find a Pale-bellied Brent, but at a large distance finding the Black Brant proved impossible.

Next stop was Sculthorpe Moor. No luck finding the Golden Pheasants, but we did see Marsh and Coal Tits, and a white-headed Fieldfare (partially leucistic?). A Bullfinch flew across the road, before we reached Flitcham. Looking across at the farm, the Little Owl was sitting on a post. Further down the road a large flock of Brambling and Yellowhammers were sitting in the hedge. Eventually I managed to spot a Tree Sparrow, and despite my rather vague directions (its in the hedge...near the birds...and the stick...) Adam & Gary got onto it.

I added another 4 species at Thornham (unfortunately not Twite) before we headed to Titchwell and saw a rather disappointing number of species, although good number of Pintail. We finished the day off at Warham, where we saw three Hen Harriers (2 ringtails).

I saw 85 species for the day, adding a whopping 44 to my year list, which now stands at 93.

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