Wife wanted a holiday/break in England this year. So I book a 5 day break in Grt Yarmouth, Kensington Hotel (can’t fault our stay here). Weeks of planning and research to be done. When we was at Flamborough Head, we met some cool guys from Yarmouth who gave me their web-site which I was greatful for fresh information of Birds about East Anglia – http://yarevalleywildlife.synthasite.com/ Thanks got to them boys.

Ozzy produced 2 books from his library – Where to watch Birds in East Anglia – Clark, P&M (Helm). and Best birdwatching sites in Norfolk – Glenn N. (Buckingham Press). I must say that Neil Glenn’s book was a fantastic read and help. The layout is simple and truely enjoyable covering 73 sites, each with a Likely birds to see feature, Maps and directions. I wish ALL guides and Web sites follow this format. I thoroughly recommend this a Must read if you are planning a trip to Norfolk.

Anyway Thursday 9:45  Blastoff to ASDA for a Full-Monty Breakfast, then with a Joe Bonamassa Favourites CD compilation set to 11 we are finally on our way to Rutland Water. Easy Osprey to begin the list.

Osprey from the Web Cam.

Highlights for the list included – Yellowhamnmers, Corn Buntings, Whitethroat, Common Terns, Green Woodpeckers, Sedge Warblers.

Birds Enroute – Not far from the reserve we pass under a Red-Kite. Buzzards, Sparrowhawks.

Friday 18th: 5am Yarmouth beach Little Terns and  Sandwich Terns all flying past, Ringed Plover on the beach. No sighting of the cert Med. Gulls. Dumping machines (dogs) all ready on the beach, now’t much else about (no Black Redstarts too). Back to the Kensington for 8am Breakfast, then blast off south to Landguard, Suffolk. It’s my first time here, and a possible lifer – Serin. Not many birders here. I was told that if I find the Linnets, look carefully amongst them to see the bird. I found every bush held flocks of Linnet, but didn’t see the Serin. Other birds seen included – Wheatears, Whitethroats.

Little Tern

Minsmere – Highlights, Two Stone Curlews, Cettis’ Warbler, Bittern in flight, Marsh Harriers.

Saturday 19th – A shopping day in Norwich – enjoyable. Later Strumpshaw Fen, A first for me . Each morning, about 5:30 am a Savi’s Warbler can be seen/heard (A lifer, if I could get up, that is), Cuckoo’s calling, Every bush seemed to have a Cettis ready to burst your ear drums. Little Grebes and Reed Warblers  loads of Marsh Harriers again.

Sunday 20th  – Another morning in bed, I blame that strong apple juice the sell at the bar..Hic!.. Lakenheath – love the new visitors centre. A clockwise route taken. 2 Male Golden Orioles seen, Cuckoo’s calling, Bearded Tits, all seen before we got to the bird screen. From the screen we saw 3 low flying Bittern’s 2 Egyptian goose. A record number of 30 Hobbies seen for here yesterday – I saw none. Continueing in a clock-wise direction. beyond the back of the Oriole popular platation, we look over a reedy area and see 2 adult Common Cranes with a newly hatched chick.

Common Crane – Lakenheath RSPB

Other birds of note – Whopper Swan (Injured), 2 male Garganeys.

Weeting Heath – Stone Curlews – not much else.

Stone Curlew – Weeting Heath

Santon Downham, St. Helens car park – Tree Pipit, Garden warblers, Yellowhammers a plenty, but Crossbills are everywhere!!

Crossbill – Santon Downham

Monday  – Home trip – Last chance for the Savi’s Failed to get up, blame the paralysis in my legs (apple juice again). Enroute – Golden Pheasant b ythe road Nr. Swanton Morley stunning male – Dead!…. Shame.

Frampton RSPB – a first for me. I like this fairly new reserve. Black winged stilt and Black Terns have buggerd off. still got these – Curlew Sandpipers 7, Little Stint 2, Black Neck Grebe, Black tailed Godwits, Brent Geese a bazillion, Avocet, Turnstone, Common Sandpiper, more male Garganeys, Yellowhammers, Corn Buntings.

874 miles from the Thursday blast off and we return home for 5:pm – Papped out!! and overdosed on birds. All equipment put away for a few days, I hope.

Thanks to Ozzy for the invaluable books and the guys from Yare Valley for their information too.


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