Tuesday, 6 January 2015

New Years Day Bird Race, and the Suffolk Coast!

Mum, Dad and I decided to take part in the new years day bird race, so we thought we would go to North Norfolk - Titchwell and Burnham area.

In the garden before we left, we had Blackbird, Robin, Dunnock, Collared Dove, Starling, House Sparrow, Blue Tit, a flock of about 30 Fieldfare over, Black-headed Gull, Chaffinch, Magpie and Woodpigeon, which bought the total up to 12.

On the way up to Titchwell, we managed to see a further 29 species, making 41 species in total (see complete list at the bottom of the blog post for the birds seen). At Titchwell, the first new bird seen was Wren, followed by a Sparrowhawk. We then added the normal species on the fresh-marsh and salt-marsh, the highlight being a flock of 7 Twite from Parrinder Hide, and then a single Spotted Redshank on the salt-marsh. After finishing at Titchwell, we were on 77 species.

We then went to Burnham Overy, to look for the Rough-legged Buzzard. We soon jammed in on that, and we also got Common Buzzard and Canada Goose.

At the layby looking over to the west end of Holkham, we got a single White-fronted Goose to make the list 85.

We finished the day off at Warham Greens, where we got 3 Hen Harrier (1 male), Linnet, Merlin and a Woodcock, which concluded to a total of 89 species, a very successful day.

New Year's Day Bird Species in order:
  1. Blackbird
  2. Robin
  3. Dunnock
  4. Collared Dove
  5. Starling
  6. House Sparrow
  7. Blue Tit
  8. Fieldfare
  9. Magpie
  10. Black-headed Gull
  11. Chaffinch
  12. Woodpigeon
  13. Rock Dove (Feral Pigeon)
  14. Common Gull
  15. Rook
  16. Goldfinch
  17. Green Woodpecker
  18. Greylag Goose
  19. Kestrel
  20. Jackdaw
  21. Herring Gull
  22. Pheasant
  23. Lesser Black-backed Gull
  24. Great Black-backed Gull
  25. Moorhen
  26. Mallard
  27. Mistle Thrush
  28. Mute Swan
  29. Cormorant
  30. Carrion Crow
  31. Red-legged Partridge
  32. Song Thrush
  33. Egyptian Goose
  34. Great Tit
  35. Pied Wagtail
  36. Redwing
  37. Long-tailed Tits
  38. Greenfinch
  39. Jay
  40. Red Kite (2)
  41. Pink-footed Goose
  42. Lapwing
  43. Wren
  44. Sparrowhawk
  45. Coot
  46. Tufted Duck
  47. Gadwall
  48. Teal
  49. Wigeon
  50. Brent Goose
  51. Ringed Plover
  52. Little Egret
  53. Curlew
  54. Snipe
  55. Redshank
  56. Grey Plover
  57. Dunlin
  58. Shelduck
  59. Avocet
  60. Twite (7)
  61. Marsh Harrier
  62. Ruff
  63. Meadow Pipit
  64. Reed Bunting
  65. Water Rail
  66. Pochard
  67. Goldeneye
  68. Turnstone
  69. Knot
  70. Golden Plover
  71. Oystercatcher
  72. Pintail
  73. Shoveler
  74. Little Grebe
  75. Spotted Redshank
  76. Black-tailed Godwit
  77. Bar-tailed Godwit
  78. Sanderling
  79. Great Spotted Woodpecker
  80. Coal Tit
  81. Stock Dove
  82. Rough-legged Buzzard
  83. Canada Goose
  84. Common Buzzard
  85. White-fronted Goose
  86. Hen Harrier
  87. Linnet
  88. Merlin
  89. Woodcock
Covehithe Broad and Dunwich Shore Pools

Yesterday, Dad and I teamed up with our friends David and Ed to do a bit of Suffolk coast birding. Before that however, I was stunned to see myself looking at an adult male Bullfinch in the garden. The light wasn't brilliant, but it was still a cracking bird to have in the garden! A first in 4 years...

We started off at Covehithe where we ticked Brambling, flyover Barnacle Geese, Yellowhammer, and a brief Bearded tit before arriving at the broad. We could see the Shorelarks through our bins before looking at them closely, but then they took off and flew high south, and for quite a few miles. However they have been seen again today, so they must go for a fly about before returning. We also got Red-throated Diver offshore, a redhead Smew, and 3 Goldeneye in the area.

We then went to Dunwich Shore Pools. On the walk up, we got Common Scoter, Stonechat, several Great-crested Grebes offshore, Brent Geese, a Skylark, Rock Pipit, Reed Bunting and a cracking male Hen Harrier, which hunted the reed bed albeit a bit distant...

We then located the Twite flock with a bit of help from another birder, where about 20 birds were present.

Further up (about a further 2 miles!) we relocated the Snow Buntings, which were so obliging to us...

On the way back home, we had a lovely Barn Owl hunting alongside the road in Pettaugh which was another year tick taking the total up to 108.

We had a brilliant day, and I just want to thank David and Ed for taking us out, it was a real pleasure.

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