Sunday, 28 March 2010

Weekend of 27-28th, North and East Norfolk

Began at Cromer on the saturday, lovely views over the town and eventually.....an Alpine Swift!! A real stonker, showing off for the small crowd as it threatened to give crippling views, but never quite did! Still. a lifer and a satisfying bird to see in the wild. 1 Chiffchaff presumably new in called from the cliffs and another from the woods near the light house.
Called in at Overstrand and walked part of the cliffs. 2 male Kestrels may have been migrants but not a lot else was seen.

After the disappointment of the f1, spent the remainder of sunday afternoon at Happisburgh. Began near the coast watch point, and 2 Swallows were seen hawking beyond a field of daffodils, my first of the year. A Linnet together with 2 Pied Wagtails and a Meadow Pipit all drank from the same muddy puddle. The new paddocks here look like super habitat for migrants. Onto the beach car-park, not a lot seen from the cliffs but 2 female Black Redstart were a treat, first picked up by my better half. We watched them fly catching in the afternoon sun. 1 more new Swallow gave the briefest of views.
6+ Magpie may have been a party of short distance migrants at Cart Gap, also here were 4 Red Legged Partridge.

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