Saturday, 29 December 2012

Norfolk - 27-28.12.12

After a quiet Christmas seeing family locally myself and Carey decided to drive up to spend the night at my dads in Norfolk. We arrived mid morning and fancied a cream tea so headed to Horsey. Whilst in the mill car park a Common Crane got itself onto my year list and while eating our cream tea around 150 Pink-Footed Geese flew over and also were new for the year. A very quick look out to sea at Gorleston saw 15 Common Scoter just offshore with just one of them being a male.

The next day arrived too quickly and with the weather being as crappy as usual I had a seawatch from the car for around 20 minutes which proved to be quite fruitful. A large flock of around 150 Common Scoter flew north distantly, an adult GBB Gull was on the sea and 8 Dark-Bellied Brent Geese headed south as did a nice group of 10 male Eider. 8 Knot, 3 Turnstone and a Dunlin were the only waders seen but a group of 12 scoters seen flying south were the highlight with all of them being Velvet Scoter but like the common's yesterday just one was a male but they were a year tick all the same!

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