Friday, 11 April 2008

Easter in Norfolk

The Easter break traditionally provides a good range of spring migrants along the coast. This years early date for Easter and unhelpful winds meant the migrants were not so easy to find.A brief covering of snow did provide some distraction. No Ring Ouzels appeared at Snettisham or Heachem, but a few Weatears and the first Swallows and Sand Martins did appear.

A view from the Coastal Park looking towards Hunstanton - taken the same morning as the snow scenes above !!

Short Eared Owls. Above, a distant shot of 1 of 2 birds Hunting the marsh at Holme. Below, 2 images from Snettisham Coastal Park. This individual is the only Short Eared Owl I have seen at Snettisham right through from last Spring. Discovered sheltering in bushes, I did not see it again on any of my later visits.

Barn Owl and Stonechat Snettisham. Stonechats were widely spread along the coast, with at least 12 in the coastal park on 1 day's visit.

Tree Sparrow on the garden feeders with the regular flock of House Sparrows. At least 2 present for 1 day, and 3 the next.

Swallow and House Martin Holme. Part of a party of 35+ birds at Holme - the first sizeable flock of the year.

Weatears Snettisham

Brambling Holme

Dinner for 2 ?

and the week finished as it started - a snowy scene at Guist, though the Snow melted away as quickly as it had done at Snettisham

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