Thursday, 17 April 2014

Norfolk Holiday Day 5

The final day in Norfolk, and sadly not a birdwatching day. We had decided to go to an aviation museum near Newark, which was surrounded by agricultural land, so that would be a long dull afternoon. However, first we decided we would go for a walk along the beach at West Runton before packing and leaving Norfolk.
The walk was very nice, not much birdwise but pleasant enough due to the lovely weather. I also found a stunning fossil Echinoid, the first time I have ever found one. On the bird front there were good numbers of Swallows and Skylarks as well as various gulls. However, just as we were leaving we stumbled across a lovely pair of Turnstones on the slipway, though they then went onto a groyne and began hunting the seaweed.

By the time we left Norfolk it had clouded over, and as we headed off it even started to rain. The way back did not have as much as the way there, though there was good numbers of Red-Legged Partridge and Pheasants, but that was about it. The weather was probably responsible for the lack of raptors.The other bird of note was a few Stock Doves around some of the farmland.
The air museum had very little, as you would expect. There were quite a few Linnets about, as well as a Blackbird and a Robin, but that was it.
And that was the final act in the Norfolk holiday, the holiday that has resulted in 4 lifers and plenty of year ticks, almost 20. So, today's list:

Species List:
West Runton Beach: Herring Gull, Black-Headed Gull, Lesser Black-Backed Gull, Skylark, Pied Wagtail, Swallow, Turnstone, Linnet,
Driving: Red-Legged Partridge, Chaffinch, Stock Dove, Woodpigeon, Pheasant, Kestrel,  
Newark Aviation Museum: Linnet, Blackbird, Robin

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