15 Oct 2014 Trip to Norfolk

15th October 2014
We had a nice break in North Norfolk a couple of weeks back for some rest and relaxation. However you can’t go to Norfolk and not visit some of the reserves.

The list of our sightings is detailed below.

Birds: Little Grebe, Great crested Grebe, Cormorant, Grey Heron, Little Egret, Mute Swan, Brent Geese, Greylag Geese, Pinkfeet, Egyptian Geese, Mallard, Wigeon, Shoveller, Teal, Tufted Duck, Pochard, Kestrel, Hobby, Buzzard, Marsh Harrier, Pheasant, Red legged Partridge, Coot, Moorhen, Ringed Plover, Grey Plover, Golden Plover, Lapwing, Turnstone, Dunlin, Avocet, Oystercatcher, Black tailed Godwit, Bar tailed Godwit, Curlew, Snipe, Ruff, Redshank, Curlew Sandpiper, Greater Black backed Gull, Lesser Black Backed Gull, Herring Gull, Caspian Gull, Yellow legged Gull, Common Gull, Black Headed Gull, Wood Pigeon, Collared Dove, Green Woodpecker, Skylark, Pied Wagtail. Robin, Blackbird, Cetti’s Warbler (heard) Goldcrest, Wren, Nuthatch (heard) Great Tit, Blue Tit, Long tailed Tit, Bearded Tit, Kingfisher, Magpie, Jay, Starling, Crow, Jackdaw, Rook, Chaffinch, Siskin.

Mammals: Fallow Deer, Red Deer, Hare, Grey Squirrel, Grey Seal, Common Seal

Butterflies: Speckled Wood, Red Admiral.

Odonata: Migrant Hawker, Red Darter, Ruddy Darter.

Amphibians: Common Frog

Four of the birds were my first sightings, Curlew Sandpiper, Bearded Tit, Caspian Gull and Yellow-legged Gull. I was unable to get photographs of the Tits and Sandpiper but I did manage to get some photos of the Gulls.

Caspian Gull (Larus cachinnans)

Yellow-legged Gull (Larus michahellis)

Like the Caspian Gull the Yellow Legged Gull was once considered a race of Herring Gull. Modern techniques in DNA analysis have however determined they are both a separate and distinct species in their own right.

A move away from the coast produced good views of Fallow Deer and Brown Hare.

We spent some time photographing the deer which were just coming into rut and getting quite vocal as well as frisky.

Fallow Deer Stag – scent marking

This magnificent Stag seemed to be ruling the heard as he chased off rivals from his Harem.

Fallow Deer Stag

Fallow Deer

As we were photographing the deer we obviously disturbed this hare which hurtled off stage right.

Brown Hare Brown Hare (Lepus europaeus)

A boat trip to Blakeny Point gave us lovely views of Grey Seal and Harbour or Common Seal.

Common Seal (Phoca vitulina)

Grey Seal (Halichoerus grypus)

Thanks for reading.



Photo comment By Mrs Sylvia Saxby: Absolutely beautiful; a delight to spend time looking at these wonderful pictures, Thankyou.

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