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Wednesday, 25 May 2011

Norfolk Day 3

Out before breakfast Sunday morning after receiving information about a site for Nightingale on Salthouse Heath, they used to be quite common here but not any more, the bird wasn’t exactly singing its heart out but it did eventually give a few short bursts of song, also a couple of Garden Warblers singing there. After breakfast most of the group decided to start at Kelling Heath and got good views of the Dartford Warblers this morning, we decided on Cley Marshes, there was a Little Stint present on Arnolds Marsh this morning and two Little Gulls on North Scrape but no sign of the Spoonbill seen earlier, again Marsh Harriers and Hobby hunted overhead and several Egyptian Geese were around. It was then over to Titchwell which to be expected for a Sunday and despite the strong winds was pretty busy but unfortunately fairly quiet birdwise, highlights included a drake Red Crested Pochard on one of the pools, a few waders present included some nice summer plumaged Grey Plovers plus a couple of Little Terns were resting up, on the way back we took a walk around the Meadow Trail which was fairly sheltered and as well as a singing Cetti's Warbler there were a good selection of Dragonflies. We ended the day and weekend at Sculthorpe Moor near Fakenham where we found and photographed a confiding male Golden Pheasant it never came out into the open though, not quite the weekend we had hoped for but good nonetheless with at least a couple of the good birds remaining, I saw a total of 106 species over the weekend with over 130 seen collectively.

4 Spot Chaser

Broad Bodied Chaser

Southern Marsh Orchid

Yellow Flag Iris

Confiding Goldie, although he never strayed from the understorey

some type of large bracket fungi

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