Pete asked me if I fancied a trip to Norfolk - did I - of course. So alarm duly set for 5.30 a.m. (on a Sunday!) we set off arount 6.15 ish. Forecast was for a warm (23 degrees C) sunny day and was it? No - thick mist and visibility very poor but, it could get better.
We were going to stop en route for breakfast but the venue was not open, despite the "opening hours" notice board eluding to the fact they should have been. But onwards:-
On our way a Kestrel was hovering at the road side and our first stop was Weeting Heath where, on the way in, a Barn Owl was flying - great sight. Once in the hide and, thanks to a peek through Pete's scope, I was able to see a Stone Curlew - first lifer of the day.
At Sculthorpe Moor Nature Reserve was Marsh Harrier (we also saw the nest on the web cam in the visitor centre (Sculthorpe is where the Marsh Harriers are being filmed for Spring Watch); in Creake we spotted (from the roadside) two Montague Harriers (lifer) which was an amazing sight as they soared over the fields; Buzzard and Hobby.
And the sun then shone! Whey hey - result!
After an excellent lunch at Briarfields - ooh Scallops - one of my favourite dishes and feeling very full it was then on to Titchwell where, amongst others were:
Avocets with young
Black Tailed Godwit
Little Gulls (thanks to ID from Pete)
Eider (two out on the sea edge)(lifer)
Reed Warbler, Sedge Warbler, heard Cetti's Warbler
Greylag Geese with young.
AND on the way back to the Visitor's centre, Pete spotted two birds, which were Crossbills - another lifer. Amazing spot and the staff at the visitor centre duly notified.
On the way home, a Hare took a chance and dashed across the road in front of the car; just as well the driver was a lover of wildlife! The Hare made it safely to the other side totally unscathed.
A fantastic day with some new birds (for me) and excellent company - thanks Pete.
A record shot only, but it's still my record of seeing Crossbills!
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