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Thursday, 21 January 2016

Snettisham



Myself and Whisky had a great day out today, along with Trevor, at Snettisham, on the edge of the Wash, in Norfolk.


A cold and frosty start to the day,






but it soon clouded over.


Some excellent birds seen today, and Whisky really loved the freedom of running along the shoreline.


Lots of Goldfinch flocks, or 'charms', with some Linnets, Chaffinches and Greenfinches amongst them.


We started with some great views of a few Red-legged Partridge once we left the car park.







A nice surprise was a couple of Whooper Swans that flew past.






We walked towards the hides, and went off to the left, to take the circular route around the large lake that housed plenty of Greylag Geese, and Wigeon, amongst others.


Another great sight was a couple of Marsh Harriers dominating the sky. Excellent to see.



Of course, throughout the visit, the constant sound and spectacle of thousands of geese was just amazing.




Greylag Geese






Eventually we made our way back to the car park, and some warming coffee.


It was here we found a couple of Mallards, eager to share our sandwiches, and a pair of Egyptian Geese.







A really good day out, with some excellent birds.





Full list of today's sightings


Mute Swan (Cygnus olor)
Whooper Swan (Cygnus cygnus)
Pink-footed Goose (Anser brachyrhynchus)
Greylag Goose [sp] (Anser anser)
Egyptian Goose (Alopochen aegyptiaca)
Common Shelduck (Tadorna tadorna)
Eurasian Wigeon (Anas penelope)
Gadwall [sp] (Anas strepera)
Mallard [sp] (Anas platyrhynchos)
Northern Shoveler (Anas clypeata)
Tufted Duck (Aythya fuligula)
Common Goldeneye [sp] (Bucephala clangula)
Red-legged Partridge [sp] (Alectoris rufa)
Common Pheasant (Phasianus colchicus)
Little Grebe [sp] (Tachybaptus ruficollis)
Little Egret [sp] (Egretta garzetta)
Grey Heron [sp] (Ardea cinerea)
Eurasian Marsh Harrier [sp] (Circus aeruginosus)
Common Moorhen [sp] (Gallinula chloropus)
Common Coot [sp] (Fulica atra)
European Golden Plover (Pluvialis apricaria)
Northern Lapwing (Vanellus vanellus)
Eurasian Curlew [sp] (Numenius arquata)
Common Redshank [sp] (Tringa totanus)
Black-headed Gull (Chroicocephalus ridibundus)
Lesser Black-backed Gull [sp] (Larus fuscus)
British Herring Gull (Larus argentatus argenteus)
Great Black-backed Gull (Larus marinus)
Common Wood Pigeon [sp] (Columba palumbus)
Pied Wagtail (Motacilla alba yarrellii)
British Wren (Troglodytes troglodytes indigenus)
British Dunnock (Prunella modularis occidentalis)
British Robin (Erithacus rubecula melophilus)
Common Blackbird [sp] (Turdus merula)
British Long-tailed Tit (Aegithalos caudatus rosaceus)
British Blue Tit (Cyanistes caeruleus obscurus)
Carrion Crow [sp] (Corvus corone)
Common Starling [sp] (Sturnus vulgaris)
British Chaffinch (Fringilla coelebs gengleri)
European Greenfinch [sp] (Carduelis chloris)
European Goldfinch [sp] (Carduelis carduelis)
Common Linnet [sp] (Acanthis cannabina)
Reed Bunting [sp] (Emberiza schoeniclus)


Total species  43




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