|One of five Marsh Harriers at Strumpshaw Fen RSPB - 14th December 2014|
From there I went to Buckenham Marshes but no sign of any Pink-foots or Bean Geese just feral Canada Geese. I continued eastwards and walked briefly along the sea-wall at Breydon Water to see if I could pick up Twite but the wind was bitterly cold so I did an about-turn. Being in the vicinity of Great Yarmouth I decided to check the denes north of the Britannia Pier for Snow Bunting or even Shorelark, I photographed two Shorelarks here last February and while none had been reported this winter, it would be worth a look. However, the best I had was an adult winter Med Gull and two Skylarks.
I was heading out of Great Yarmouth past the cemetery when I thought, why not give it a quick check. There were wintering Firecrest here last year, a Black Red wouldn't be totally out of the question and not forgetting that on Christmas Day 1977 a male Siberian Thrush was found! Anyway, I had nothing like any of those birds of course! But there was plenty of activity in the cemetery, Robins, Blue Tits, Great Tits, Long-tailed Tits and a single Goldcrest.
On the way home I stopped at the steel barn between Acle and Billocksby to look for Common Cranes, I counted twelve birds feeding amongst a stubble field not far from the very large stack of round straw bales. Too distant for anything other than the most cropped and grainy of record shots.
|Two of twelve Cranes near Acle, Norfolk - 14th December 2014|