The Whitlingham Bird Report for 2016 is now available to download here.

The previous reports are also availble: 2015 here,
2014 report here and the 2013 report here. Thanks to everyone who has contributed sightings, information and photos to these reports.

You may also be interested in Chris Durdin's Thorpe Marsh Wildlife Report for 2016, which is available here.

NORFOLK: Snakes at Crostwight Heath

20th April 2011


I spent the day around various villages near North Walsham. After lunch at the Butcher's Arms in East Ruston we then went to Swafield Church, had a walk around Bradfield, had a look along the seafront at Walcott, bought some jam at Ridlington, walked around Crostwight Heath before ending up at Edingthorpe. The birding highlight of the day was a Red Kite hunting over fields between Honing and Briggate, whilst a Yellowhammer at Bradfield is probably (and sadly) of note these days.

I had hoped to find some Green Hairstreaks at Crostwight, but it was immediately apparent that the site was just too gorse-covered. We did however discover an Adder and six Grass Snakes, one of which had been runover. When looking at the Grass Snake picture (click to open it in a new window) notice the head to the left of the main body. It had raised it into the air and was "tasting" the air by tongue flicking until it got bored of us and slid off.



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