2nd June – Norfolk ‘n Good.

Posted: June 4, 2012 in Bird Watching, Birding, Rochdale, Rossendale, Twitching
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Our yearly trip to Norfolk is usually memorable for the species we see,but in this case, the ones we missed! Not connecting with:- Nightjar, Nightingale, Turtle Dove (2 of us did), Montagu`s Harrier, Woodlark, Golden Pheasant, Crane, Hobby, in other words the reason we make this pilgrimage. The trip got of to the worst possible start with yours truly oversleeping and being 45 minutes late for the usual midnight start, sorry lads! With Chris’s car packed to the hilt we headed off and reached Dersingham Bog just before first light. Garden Warblers, Blackcap, Grasshopper Warblers, Goldcrests but no sounds from the Nightjars. Onto search for the Golden Pheasants, only to find an unpleasant “fellow” birder who decided to have a go at me for walking the triangle on my own and ignoring two other birders as they did the same! On Roydon Common we think that all the birds had slept in, it was that quiet. My search for the once common Yellowhammer has reached epic proportions amongst our group, well it was finally seen at Choseley Drying Barns, one monkey off the shoulder then. A few Lesser Whitethroats kept us entertained as we headed away to search for any Montagu’s Harriers or the elusive Turtle Doves, no joy there then. Titchwell was also devoid of many birds on the sea and in the reserve, just a male Garganey, Cetti`s Warbler’s, Spoonbills and a single Marsh Harrier. The drive to Lakenheath seemed to lighten the group in anticipation of some good birds. We walked around the reserve and heard the Golden Oriole singing and Bittern booming but with no Hobbys, Cranes or Turtle Doves we all felt it was just “one of those days”.

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A confiding Cuckoo was photographed by all the group and then the news from Ste K. that the Roller was still present near Aldborough, near Hull, Yorkshire, so, with this species being a “lifer” for one of our number, we decided to head north and cut our losses. In Aldborough we parked the car and were told that the bird was “only 100 yards up the road” after a 5 minute march we found a small group admiring this very colourful bird. It was sat in a ploughed field catching small prey items, it then flew to its favourite perch, a white post and showed itself to all, what a bird, only my second one in Britain.

We headed for home and reached Rochdale by 8-00pm. Some of us managed 15 year “ticks” and some only 5. We have had so many good trips to Norfolk, so, perhaps we had to have a poor one!

Regards,

Dave O.

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