Sunday, 15 September 2013

Norfolk Part 2!

Long time no post! Sorry, about the delay of this incredible part 2 of our Norfolk Trip. I've been back to school, and homework has been flying out of the roof. I shall get started anyway. On the Tuesday we headed to Winterton Dunes, to try and find Pied Flycatcher, and maybe a Skua or two. We got started with loads of Grayling, but not much else in and around the dunes.

Grayling and then one on Dad's sock!

Small Copper


We then took to the sea. We saw a distant Little Tern, then a pair of Black Tern flew North, which was a long awaited lifer. I shouted "Mum" to come over to see, but I think she may have just missed them. Dad was looking around the Little Tern colony notice board, so he missed them too. Super! We then headed back to the car for lunch, and then we had one final sea watch. We got the scope out, and scanned the waves. For the briefest of seconds, I got a glimpse of a dark-morph Pomarine Skua heading south. I t was a long way a way, and with my excitement of showing Mum and Dad i lost it and couldn't re-find it.

The best day though was on the Wednesday. We headed for the Broads. We first went to Strumpshaw. Well, here's what we saw.

Black Swan

Black-tailed Skimmer or Scarce Chaser

Blue-tailed Damselfly

Hawker sp.

Holy Blue

Marsh Tit

Norfolk Hawker

Painted Lady


Ruddy Darter


Speckled Wood

Then the star of the show, my first ever Swallowtail Butterfly



Willow Emerald Damsel.

We the headed to Cantley to see the Red-necked Phalarope. Well, bingo.

Very Distant though

Other birds of note here were Yellow and Grey Wagtail, Green and Common Sand, Snipe, Ruff and Cuckoo. A cracking day and trip.

Just of note, our neighbour filmed this in his garden on Friday afternnon. Apparently it was in his garden for about half an hour.

Happy Birding!

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