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.

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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