Autumn in Norfolk

17th October 2010
Just spent a week on the north Norfolk coast and I managed to see some really nice birds as well as witnessing one of the best Autumn migrations for many years. Amazing numbers of the more common birds were coming into the county, including thousands of Goldcrests, Song Thrushes, Robins and Bramblings. Goldcrests and wintering Snow Buntings were literally feeding at my feet. Much rarer birds were also widespread and I managed to see Two Red Flanked Bluetails, Pallas's Warbler and Yellow Browed Warbler. Great Grey Shrikes and Lapland Buntings were spread all over the county. Small numbers of Red Breasted Flycatchers, Firecrests and Ring Ouzels were present and there were still a few Wrynecks present from the big fall of a few weeks ago. A few Redwings and Fieldfares were around but there will be many more of these to come. A number of Short Eared Owls were coming in off the sea which is always nice and a few Common Cranes were flying around near the Norfolk Broads area. The usual Barn Owls were present but not as many as in the Springtime. The weather remained dry and the winds were blowing in the right direction for good falls of birds. When these conditions prevail there is no better place than Norfolk to watch birds in the UK.