Day 2 - Nottinghamshire to Cromer, via Titchwell Marsh RSPB and Choseley Barns:
Yesterday I broke up for my two-week October half-term holiday. My grandparents and I set off for Norfolk this morning, and as I haven't properly been birding since our holiday to Namibia, I have been very excited this last week - especially reading about all of the rarities and megas around Norfolk at the moment!
We couldn't check into our accommodation in Cromer until 4pm, so I thought we better do some birding on they way, so we took the coastal detour up to Titchwell Marsh RSPB for a bacon butty. When we arrived I looked on the sightings board to find that 3 Yellow-browed warblers had been heard and seen today on the meadow trail, so after our lunch we joined the parade of whispering birders trying to find one of these little birds - and unfortunately had no luck. We did get nice views of a couple of Goldcrests though which is always nice.
After Titchwell we drove up the road to Choseley Barns - the best site in Norfolk to see Corn Bunting according to the Norfolk Best Birdwatching Sites guide - in the hope of Corn Bunting and Yellowhammer, and it was hopeful as there were two cars parked at the site. Unfortunately, no buntings of any description, and in the past we've had Grey Partridge there too, but again, no such luck today.
However, as soon as we got out of the car, a lady standing by a scope came over and said that they had an owl in the tree right by us, so she showed a digiscoped photo and it was a Little Owl - I've been dying to see one for a while now, so naturally, I was very excited! We went over to her scope, and there it was, my first Little Owl! We had great views in a tree about 20m away, and it just sat there, dozing off every now and then. It was a bit distant for the 300mm lens, or atleast to get much more than a record shot, but digiscoping it through the lady's Swarovski worked really well. So here it is, my first Little Owl:
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