Norfolk Trip Report – Day 3

TurnstoneThe third day of our trip. At sun rise it was a glorious start to the day but by 7:15am the sea fog rolled in. Strangely by 9am the fog had rolled out again revealing the sunshine. We all met down in the car park after breakfast and headed out to our first destination – Salthouse.

At Salthouse we expected to see Snow Buntings. Every year so far they have been pretty easy to find. This year however (more…)

Norfolk Trip Report – Day 2

SnowdropsAfter a nights sleep and an excellent breakfast we set off for Titchwell Marshes (RSPB). West Runton is between 5-10 miles further east so the journey took about an hour.

The weather wasn’t bad, dry with patchy cloud and hardly any wind to really speak of. For our Norfolk trips this is almost tropical! It had been agreed that we would head out to the sea straight away and then work back to the visitor (more…)

Norfolk Trip Report – Day 1

Black-bellied DipperWe all met up for breakfast at the Little Chef just outside Mildenhall early on a dreary, wet and generally miserable morning. Not the greatest of starts especially with the uncertainty surrounding the hotel.

Traffic had been kind to most of us as we sat and planned the days’ events. We left Mildenhall around 10am and headed for our first destination – Thetford for the Black-bellied Dipper (continental (more…)

Scotney Pit, Dungeness, Camber, Pett Pools – 31st January 2013

Al, Martin, Mick and I set forth at about 08.45 on a bright but blustery morning. Birds seen on the way were collared dove, song thrush, house sparrow, blackbird, magpie, herring gull, rook, crow, jackdaw, robin, black headed gull, mute swan. Camber produced a flurry of sanderlings on the shoreline, and oystercatcher. On the way to Scotney Pit, we saw a big flock of fieldfares. We were hoping to see (more…)

Birling Gap, Hope Gap, Cuckmere Valley, 8th September 2012

Alan and Maureen, Shaun, Bob P, Richard P, Bob P and Sue met at Birling Gap on a brilliantly sunny morning, and began searching for birds from the free car park. Stonechats, meadow pipit, linnets, many swallows and two perched buzzards got us off to a good start. A fellow birder pointed out a high flying hobby – the only one seen all day. A sparrowhawk flew over, pursued as usual by a cross corvid.

A (more…)

Old Lodge Nature Reserve – 12th August 2012

Al, Alan and Maureen, Shaun, Bob Pask, and Sue met at the Reserve on a lovely sunny morning. The birch trees near the car park were full of willow warblers and chiffchaffs, with a couple of long tailed tits and the odd chaffinch making up the numbers. Robin, wren and great spotted woodpecker (the first of several) were added, and a flock of greylag geese flew east over the valley. Coal tit and green (more…)

ABG trip to Rye Harbour and Dungeness, 14th April 2012

John K, Alan N, Peter J and Sue P arrived at Rye on a bright but cold and windy morning, to hear a mistle thrush singing in the trees by the car park. Walking out, we found lesser black backed gull, a handsome male reed bunting, plenty of linnets, and heard Med gulls overhead. Greater black backed gulls were roosting, and oystercatchers, redshanks, grey plover, dunlin, a bar tailed godwit, little ringed (more…)

Sevenoaks Wildlife Reserve – 11th March 2012 – Trip Report

Alan and Maureen, Shaun, Martin, Bob and Sue met at the Reserve on a beautiful morning, and were soon hearing great spotted woodpeckers drumming, thrushes singing, and plenty of ducks. The latter included shelduck, mallard, gadwall, shoveler, a lone female ruddy duck, tufted, and pochard. Overhead, two sparrowhawks and a common buzzard were seen. Other highlights included a singing male reed bunting, (more…)

Norfolk Trip Photographs – PART 1

Hello Everyone,

I am pleased to announce that the first batch of photographs from our trip to Norfolk are available at: http://www.ashdown-forest.co.uk/flagallery/abg-norfolk-trip-2012-part-1/

There are around 185 pictures to enjoy. Many views of snowy scenes around Titchwell and Choseley Drying Barns. Some nice bird pictures as well with more to follow in Part Two!

The second installment (more…)

Old Lodge Walk – 14/1/2012

On a cold and frosty but very bright and beautifully sunny and still morning – 6 members comprising Sue, Shaun, Alan & Maureen and Bob & Judy set off on this walk just after 9:30AM having decided to take the anticlockwise route.

The first bird was a Song Thrush heard in the Car Park, along the top path Goldcrests were heard and seen well, together with Coal & Great Tits, Chaffinch, Dunnock, (more…)