1 April 2017
The BurnhamsFirst thing this morning there were 2 Marsh Harrier, 3 Buzzard, 2 Red Kite and a singing Chiffchaff over the fields north of Great Walsingham.
After an early start we walked out to Burnham Overy Dunes, on to Gun Hill and up to the edge of Holkham Pines. The first signs of summer were seen and heard; 2 Wheatear,
2 Chiffchaff, 2 Sedge Warbler and 4 Sandwich Tern offshore. The strangest sighting came in the form of a flock of 9 Magpie coasting west over Gun Hill towards Scott Head. Other birds included a Song Thrush, 6 Stonechat, a superb close immature male Peregrine overhead, a Great White Egret on Holkham freshmarsh and a Bittern, a flock of 8 Black-tailed Godwit flew east, 3 Red Kite hunted over the dunes, 2 Marsh Harrier, a singing Cetti's Warbler and calling Bearded Tit, plus 5 Grey Partridge.
|One of the three Red Kites over Burnham Overy Dunes|
Tawny Owl calling in the sunshine (I've actually heard this on each of my last four daytime visits). The Pallid Harrier flew over the fields and also landed in the short wheat, giving great views of its brown eye and orange collar. It quickly drew the attention of a Hare which ran towards it and flushed it. The harrier seemed surprised and flew low over the Hare which raised onto its rear legs and boxed into the air, trying to scare the harrier. This went on for a couple of minutes, the harrier spooking the Hare and the Hare chasing and boxing at the harrier, before the harrier flew across the field to find a quieter perch - a truly memorable encounter.
|1w female Pallid Harrier - New Holkham|
|And another Red Kite|
|Adult male Hen Harrier|
2 April 2017
A long walkThere were 2 Marsh Harrier and 1 Buzzard over the fields towards Wighton and the Chiffchaff was still singing.
|The marshes at Stiffkey|
Swallow flew west, a Red Kite hunted over the marshes near East Hills and a Kestrel.
A flock of 8 Black-wits flew east with 30 feeding on Stiffkey Fen and 20 on Stiffkey pools. A distant Spoonbill was flushed by a micro light at East Hills, where about a thousand Brent Geese fed on the Saltmarsh. A pair of adult Med Gulls flew noisily over on a group of Black-heads.