Sunday, January 4, 2015

Norfolk Gaggle and a Hike in Wales

My wife Lori and I decided to spend a couple of days in Norfolk just before Christmas. We stayed at the Cromer Country Club but made a trip up the coast to visit Titchwell  Marsh RSPB reserve. En-route to Titchwell we noticed a big flock of geese get up and settle again at Holkham. Here we got great looks at hundreds of Pink-footed Geese. 

A little further up the road we pulled over again. Here there were more Pink-footed Geese, Greylag Geese, 2 tundra Bean Geese and 12 White-fronted Geese.

Titchwell as usual produced lots of birds-56 species including: Marsh Harrier, Knot, Bar-tailed Godwit, Avocet, Sanderling, Black-tailed Godwit, Grey Plover, Ruff, Curlew, Goldeneye and Water Rail. 

Pink-footed Geese going to roost
The following day we took a walk from our accommodation along the coastal path to Overstrand. The birding was a little dull but the views and scenery were beautiful. A good time to reflect the past year. I totaled 199 species for year including 18 lifers. The highlight for 2014 other than some new birds was birding with my old Canadian pals - Mike Force and Chris Charlesworth. 

Cromer Lighthouse

31st December 2014 - Pen y Fan-Brecon Beacons - WALES

Stuart, Den, Nolan and Rich at the old red phone box - Storey Arms
Our last 2 days of 2014 was spent in Wales with our good friends Stuart and Catherine. We also hooked up with our other good friend Den for a walk up Pen y Fan on New Years Eve. Bird species-RAVEN. The wind was absolutely horrendous but at least we didn't get wet!

At 06:00 am New Years day I awoke with 'Auld Lang Syne' still ringing in my ears until the sound of a Blackbird's alarm call blasted across the garden outside; confirming my first bird of the year. With the excitement of a new years bird list ready to begin I got up, guzzled bucket loads of coffee, and stood at the bottom of Stuart and Cath's garden - still in my pajamas. A great place to start a new year - the river Taff at the end of the garden and Garth Mountain looming above. 25 species were tallied here and a further 6 when Stuart and I took a stroll up the road. A great start to what I hope will be a fantastic year with many more adventures to come! Thank you to Stuart and Cath for being amazing hosts and making our visit such fun!

King Arthur - On stag and guarding a precious cargo

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