Sunday, 13 November 2011

Day 2 got off to a good start with a 1st winter white-fronted goose in the field opposite the hotel as we were leaving but the 7 waxwings that had been in Brancaster had moved on by the time we got there.
By the time we got to Holkham the sun was out and it felt more like spring especially as there was a chiffchaff singing as we walked down Lady Annes Drive. Despite the earlier white-front there we none in the fields by the road although there was a nice flock of pinkies. The main target of the day was shorelark and snow bunting so we headed out into Holkham Bay and east onto the saltings. 7 grey partridge were a tour tick and after a fair walk I picked up some distant birds feeding in the longer vegetation. Unfortunatly they were flushed by some dogs and 50 snow buntings flew over the dunes and out of sight. We walked over to the dunes and picked up another small group (ca20) feeding along the strandline. Eventually the birds move closer and ended up showing down to 10m before heading further up the beach. The sea was quiet apart from a few little gulls.
Back through the woods produced a small tit flock including 2 treecreeper, 10+ goldcrest and a couple of coal tits but nothing else of note.
I unfortunatly managed to miss the best bird of the day. While the group were waiting to be picked up, a late ring ouzel was found feeding in a field along the edge of the woods.

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