Monday, December 7, 2009

Snettisham and beyond with Ken Reeves and Charlie Dobbs - December 6, 2009

Last night’s dinner at The Lodge (Old Hunstanton) consisted of a delicious bowl of Carrot and Coriander soup. Yum. After a good night’s sleep, I was ready to hit the ground running.

Had the pleasure of meeting Ken Reeves when he picked me up at 9:00am. We then went round to collect his pal, Charlie Dobbs. I could tell right away that these two gents were keen birders and really nice guys.

I was happy to hear that our first stop was to be Snettisham RSPB reserve. It started raining really hard, so we waited in the car for about five minutes, then walked out to The Wash. There were loads of Golden Plovers, Northern Lapwing, Brent Goose, Curlew, Snow Buntings, Shore (Horned) Lark, Goldfinch, Twite. But the star bird was the Ferruginous Duck. We had excellent views of the duck. We also saw hundreds of Red Knot displaying in the sky. Brilliant.

We then headed over to Wolferton (Dersingham), but dipped on the Great Grey Shrike. Ken had brought along some tasty sandwiches and mince pies for lunch, which we ate near the Sandringham estate.

Next stop was Flitcham and the Abbey Farm hide. Saw at least two Common Buzzards, Redwing, Greylag Goose, Teal, Song Thrush and a fair amount of rabbits.

It was amazing at how quickly the time had passed. We headed over to a roost at Roydon Common, got into position, and had cracking views of four Hen Harriers (two male and two female). Excellent. We also saw Fieldfare and Meadow Pipit.

I had a fantastic time with two lovely gentlemen. Tomorrow, I’ll head back to Brancaster Staithe for three nights.

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