Tuesday 7 February 2023

Day Trip to Norfolk

                                                     30th January 2023 



Richardson's Cackling Goose.

On Monday the 30th January i left home at 4am and headed to Brancaster in Norfolk in the hope of seeing the Richardson's Cackling Goose !!

I parked up the concrete pad just before Brancaster at approx 07.30 , i was the only person there and could hear the distant Pink footed Geese in the distant fields.

A quick scan through part of the flock which was closest only produced PFG however these were a new bird for my year list (we don't get many in Kent).

Another birder arrived  about 30 minutes later and we teamed up to check through the furthest flock near the wooded area in the top field , other birders came & went without success however myself & Trevor (sorry don't know your last name) continued scanning the 1500+ flock of PFG , finally after 2 hours scanning Trevor said those words we all like to hear ''I'VE GOT IT ''

Richardson's Cackling Goose.

I quickly managed to get onto it before it got lost in the huge flock , roughly the size of a Mallard the RCG could easily be lost behind a PFG , so after a 2 hour search i was rewarded with some distant but good scope views of this smart Cackling Goose.  


Long Eared Owl

Whilst enjoying views of the RCG news had come through that the Long Eared Owl at CLEY SPY was showing well, my mind was made up to head there via Holkham fresh marsh, a quick stop at Holkham fresh marsh produced several White Fronted Geese & more Pink footed Geese.

I then carried on my journey to CLEY SPY and eventually saw the Long Eared Owl in all it's splendid glory, what a bird !!!!!

I would also like to thank the good people of CLEY SPY for allowing viewing of this wonderful bird. 

Digi scoped Long Eared Owl.

Such a treat to see this wonderful bird, i also bumped into Mike & Toby here , really great to meet you !! , we then teamed up and headed to Weybourne to look for more Geese, this time Tundra Bean Goose was the target.

2 Tundra Bean Geese.

It didn't take long to locate the Tundra Bean Geese among the 1500+ Pink Footed Geese , once again a remarkable sight & sound, one i will never forget.

Pink Footed Geese

Huge flock of Pink Footed Geese.

6th february 2023 : Norfolk Again !!!

I teamed up with Richard .R. to try and see the RCG as he couldn't come up with me the week before, sadly we never managed to relocate it at Burnham Deepdale or Brancaster, we did see lot's of Pink Footed Geese & 2 Tundra Bean Geese at Burnham Deepdale though.

Long Billed Dowitcher.

We spent a good few hours searching for the RCG without success and finally decided to head to Cley for the Long Billed Dowitcher .

Long Billed Dowitcher.