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NORTH NORFOLK: Finches & Buntings

17th February 2012

Cathy's birthday, but she agreed to do a bit of birding provided there wasn't much walking involved.  We headed for the North Norfolk Coast, first stop Kelling, where I hoped to see one of the yellow-polled Redpolls. We found an orangey-polled one, but not the nice yellowy gold that has been pictured recently.  Onwards, we stopped at Salthouse to have a look at the Snow Buntings, around 30 of which obliged on the mound at the end of the carpark.  We had lunch at Cley, where a Ruff was in the field behind the visitors centre with a large flock of Lapwing.

After lunch we had a quick look at Blakeney Quay, before heading to Wells where seven Little Grebes were in the harbour.  Waves of Pink-footed Geese flew over our heads as we drove west, stopping at the end of Bone's Drift to scan the geese.  A few White-fronted Geese were visible, but no sign of any Greenland White-fronts or Barnacles.  We called into the new wildlife shop at Burnham Deepdale for a quick look, before heading to Choseley, where we saw 40+ Corn Buntings and a similar number of Yellowhammers.  As it was beginning to get dark we had a quick check for Golden Pheasants at Wolfterton, without success.  I thought I had one when I saw a flash of orangey-yellow, but on closer inspection it turned out to be a Mini Cheddar packet, further reason (not that it should be needed) as to why littering is bad.

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