Monday, 2 January 2012

Geese x n

Monday January 2
Such a lovely looking day but much colder. More like the usual conditions for goosing at Buckenham Marshes.
Approaching via Grimmer Lane, we parked in a gateway, then across to another gateway  to scope the marshes. Waw, I've never seen as many geese here, nor as distant. There were thousands of Pinks, Whitefronts and - eventually - at least 30 Taiga Bean Geese. The flocks were largely hidden behind the distant trees. Far more Whitefronts here than seen in previous years. We decided, after a lengthy scan, that there was little hope of finding the Lesser Whitefront amongst the numbers present,  at that distance with such restricted viewing. Not with any certainty anyway and, it was into the sun. It would have been stringy.
Rollesby Broad
Joining three birders on the road bridge, they excitedly pointed out a superb Kingfisher perched in fairly near reeds. Still too far for a decent pic though. They'd also seen a Bittern fly into the reedbed. Several Great Crested Grebes to add to the year list.The Great Northern Diver  was on the Great Broad against the far bank.
Gt Yarmouth
Our favourite Med spot is behind the Sealife Centre. Despite the presence of families, there were at least 30 Mediterranean Gulls sat on the beach. Several flew off as we arrived - man and child walking through.
I love early January......

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