Roy's UK Diary January 2012
1st. Walk from Burgh Castle along Breydon South Wall.
Highlights a marauding Peregrine Falcon and count of 85 Avocet. Across the water 4 Marsh Harriers were around a reed bed, with a male persistently hunting the area.

A few of the Avocets above.

2nd Walk across Wickhampton Marshes from Church to Railway Crossing.
Flock c.100 Fieldfare, Peregrine and almost certainly a distant Merlin which caught prey. Seen from Railway Crossing. Green Woodpecker flew across Marshes to isolated group of trees. As usual at this location a Chinese Water Deer, and back at van nice chat with John Hampshire. Hi John.
7th Walk from Caldecott Hall through Waveney Forest to Belton Marshes.
At road/forest junction at least 1 Brambling in finch flock. In forest mixed flocks with Coal Tit and Goldcrests seen. On Belton Marshes a distance Buzzard sp. only gave short tantalising view, as it was mainly on ground hidden by dyke foliage. But before we had to go a Hen Harrier shot passed assisted by the high winds towards Burgh Castle..

Above the ringtail Hen Harrier (female?)

15th Visits to Hopton (just in Norfolk) and Burgh Castle.
Look round Hopton including cliff tops where I could not resist photographing a Common Gull.
We then visited Burgh Castle and walked a little way eastwards along Breydon South Wall. Dave Holman was watching some Twite, rare in Norfolk this year apparently, extremely poor photo below:


The Common Gull

16th Hickling NWT Reserve. On a lovely still and sunny day.
First view was of 6 Crane flying to land somewhere between Hickling Reserve and south of Horsey, otherwise quiet on our trip round the reserve. After picnic lunch walked to Stubbs Mill Raptor Watchpoint. We had earlier met Robin Abel and as soon as I arrived he pointed out a very active Merlin, chasing Crows etc. Good number of Marsh Harriers were arriving, but the 9 Crane see photo below stole the show! Another 4 Crane seen before heading home.

Merlin top right


The 9 Crane

17th Dunwich Cliffs NT. Lovely sunny start to visit, but cloudy and cooler later.
Fairly laidback visit, especially when we discovered usual route to Minsmere RSPB was impossible due to flood alleviation work. So after a shortish walk on Dunwich Heath, we only visited shore hide after lunch. Did manage poor photos of Red-throated diver on the sea, need for this website.

Red-throated Diver

23rd: Walk down Harpers Lane.
Highlights Kingfisher flying along dyke and a rather laid back Sparrowhawk which allowed the following photos.


27th Buckenham Marshes and Strumpshaw Fen RSPB.
Over the river from Buckenham Marshes as I watched a Marsh Harrier it flushed a Peregrine from the ground, the peregrine circled before landing on the ground again. There was a Barn Owl hunting. Nothing to report from the Fen.
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