Of Chats And Buzzards Another Wonderful Day In North Norfolk 19 October 2020

Rough legged Buzzard Norway 2014

Rough-legged Buzzard a wonderful finish to a great day - libary photo.

We spent the morning at Holkham Pines where it has to said we had a slow start, nice views of Grey Partridge, masses of Pink-footed Geese, two Great White Egrets and a lovely looks at Goldcrests. Then Barry found a Yellow-browed Warbler and things got better from then! Soon after that we relocated the "Eastern" Stonechat our main target for the morning and had super telescopes views of this vagrant from Siberia. While enjoying this bird we saw flocks of Common Crossbills over, a very showy Lesser Whitetroat and two Cattle Egrets in view. Also at Holkham we had great views of Red Kites, three Ravens - a new bird for all of us in Norfolk - lots of Marsh Harriers, many Redwings and Skylarks a great morning.

After lunch we went to Cley beach and did a sea-watch that produced a very odd mix of birds - a Great Skua flew west, three Great White Egrets and a Marsh Harrier came in off the sea, a Common Guillemot and Red-throated Divers on the sea. We heard a Rough-legged Buzzard had flown west along the coast and thought there might be a chance it would end up at Scolt Head Island right opposite our base at Burnham Overy Staithe so went home to look for it. Amazingly we had only been scanning the dunes for a few minutes when there was the Rough-legged Buzzard hovering over the dunes! Great to go home to twitch a bird!

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