Wednesday, 20 October 2021

West Somerton and Winterton Dunes NNR, Norfolk, Britain.

A bit of early birding in the rain and then a walk with Judy and Mike on the Dunes.
Trip to Uk, Day Eighteen.
Ebird List for the Dunes. 

Atlantic Grey Seal (Halichoerus grypus).
I was up and about quite early and started the day by watching some very heavy rain blow through from the lounge window but after a while the rain stopped so I went out for a short walk along the Hornsey Road where I started the day list with 2x Egyptian (Ganso del Nilo / Alopochen aegyptiaca) and lots of Pink-footed Geese (Ánsar Piquicorto / Anser brachyrhynchus), Mute Swan (Cisne Vulgar / Cygnus olor), several heard only Common Crane (Grulla Común / Grus grus), Black-headed Gull (Gaviota Riedora / Larus ridibundus), Skylark (Alondra Común / Alauda arvensis), Blue (Herrerillo Común / Parus caeruleus) and Long-tailed Tits (Mito / Aegithalos caudatus), Blackbird (Mirlo Común / Turdus merula), Carrion Crow (Corneja Negra / Corvus corone), Rook (Graja / Corvus frugilegus), Common Starling (Estornino Pinto / Sturnus vulgaris), Siskin (Lúgano / Carduelis spinus), Pheasant (Faisán Vulgar / Phaisanus colchicus), Mallard (Anade Azulón / Anas platyrhynchos), Sparrowhawk (Gavilán Común / Accipiter nisus), Robin (Petirrojo Europeo / Erithacus rubecula), Pied Wagtail (Lavandera Blanca / Montacilla yarrellii), Marsh Harrier (Aguilucho Lagunero Occidental / Circus aeruginosus) and Stock Dove (Paloma Zurita / Columba oenas).
Atlantic Grey Seal (Halichoerus grypus).

Atlantic Grey Seal (Halichoerus grypus).

After this walk I went and had breakfast with Judy and Mike and ten we went out for a short walk at Winterton Dunes which was very nice, on the way out we had a few species including 11x Northern Lapwing (Avefria Europea / Vanellus vanellus) and a Ruff (Combatiente / Philomachus pugnax) on fields before we parked and during the walk Redwing (Zorzal Alirrojo / Turdus illacus), Dunnock (Acentor Común / Prunella modularis), Common Buzzard (Busardo Ratonero / Buteo buteo) and Marsh Harrier
Atlantic Grey Seal (Halichoerus grypus).

After a while Mike put his chair up and had a sit down and Judy told me where to go to find some of the Atlantic Grey Seals (Halichoerus grypus) that are quite common along the beaches.
I continued on and found the gape in the dunes through to the beach where I very quickly found dozens of Seals hauled out on the sand, I stayed right at the top of the beach and took some photo's and added Ruddy Turnstone (Vuelvepiedras Común / Arenaria interpres) and Northern Gannet (Alcatraz Atlántico / Morus bassanus) to the list before retuning to Mike and Judy.
Atlantic Grey Seal (Halichoerus grypus).
Atlantic Grey Seal (Halichoerus grypus).
We retraced our steps back towards the car, on the way Judy picked up a very smart ringtail
Hen Harrier (Aguilucho Pálido / Circus cyaneus) just before we went into the woods. We returned to the house and had some lunch before I set off back to the midlands. It was great to see Mike and Judy and spend a little bit of time with them.

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