East Norfolk mid November

A weekend away to see family and what better place than to meet half way (my fam all live up north) than coastal Norfolk. A cheap and cheerful cottage near Hembsy right on the beach was our base for 2 nights and I did my best to fit in abit of birding here and there.

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Saturday morning I was up and out on the beach at first light and happened upon a mobile flock of 43 Snow buntings. the long and empty beach was perfect for them and its contours allowed some close viewing.

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After breakfast we got in the car and headed north west to Holkham where I was able to covertly twitch the Humes Warbler and a juv Rough Legged Buzzard near by.

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I really enjoyed the warbler, it was vocal and showed well enough. Chameleonic at times but the overall tones were noted, aseemingly warmer individual compared to the bird i saw last year in Sussex. I love the call and really hope to come across my own one day.

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The following day was started in a similar way with a smaller number of Snow buntings, a Firecrest near the cottage and 2 waxwings (that had been seen flying the opposite direction just before dusk the evening before) fly over head to and from an unknown location. Norfolks great, Ive not been up for a few years and might try again before spring.

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