21st February 2017
On my way into work on Tuesday morning I heard some wild swans calling, and looking up saw a flock of around 40 Bewick's Swans flying over. A very pelasing start to the day, although a shame that I wasn't at Whitlingham where they would probably have been visible and a patch tick!
The Whitlingham Bird Report 2020 is available now (click here)
For previous years (2012-2019) see the links on the Whitlingham Bird List page.
After quite a long walk I had rather given up hope, and turned round to come back. I had reached an area near one of the railway sculptures when I heard a Ring-necked Parakeet calling in the distance. Despite not having seen one in Norfolk I have heard them quite a few times in London and Kent, so was confident it must be there somewhere, and indeed it was. I initially saw the Ring-necked Parakeet in flight, but then managed to track it as it landed in some tall trees. It called almost constantly until a Buzzard flew over. After a while I left to continue my walk home, only to find that it had flown closer, albeit with worse visibility as it had landed in an area of scrubby woodland.
On my way back I cut through Gunton Recreation Ground, noting Scarlet Elf Cup, Blushing Bracket and Alder Bracket. Other birds seen on my walk included Redwings, Green Woodpecker and Great-spotted Woodpecker.