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NORTH NORFOLK: Felbrigg park
13th February 2017
I met Adam in North Walsham, and with no particular plans we went to
Felbrigg for a look round. We parked up in the Lion’s Mouth car park and headed
out across the parkland. A flock of Fieldfares and two Mistle Thrushes were
feeding along the woodland edge, and a bit further round a Treecreeper worked
its way up a small tree. We were keeping an eye out for Nuthatches, and soon
two flew past us before landing on separate trees and calling loudly. A
Bullfinch and a Buzzard were both seen before we reached the stream.
Scanning the flooded meadows either side of the stream we noticed lots
of Wigeon and Teal, plus a pair of Shoveler. As we crossed the bridge a
commotion amongst the Jackdaws alerted us to a Tawny Owl being mobbed.
Eventually it flew up to a broken off tree and the Jackdaws lost interest. We
scanned the lake, but failed to see any Mandarin. There were around 60 Gadwall,
including a raft of 30+ birds, plus some Tufted Ducks and Greylag Geese.
We moved on to Sheringham seafront for lunch, hoping to see Purple
Sandpipers and/or Glaucous Gulls, but failing on both counts.