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Bird Watching with Trevor Williams

Bird Watching with Trevor Williams

Peregrine Falcon

The morning was cold, grey and misty as we met at 8.15am on the cliff tops at West Runton – not, you would think, an auspicious start! Well wrapped up and with binoculars at the ready, with Trevor’s help, we identified many of the more common species to be found on our shores including the much less common Mediterranean Gull. As we walked along the cliff tops to the accompaniment of Skylarks, we were thrilled when a bird of prey flew right above us. At first we thought it was a buzzard but, by process of elimination by flight, wing and tail shape Trevor identified it as a Peregrine Falcon, a first for us rookie birdwatchers. A few minutes later another birdwatcher walking by said “did you see the Peregrine Falcon?” – without our expert we would have been kicking ourselves! After that high note we left the chill of West Runton and made our way to the Sexton’s Lodge car park at Felbrigg Hall.


On arrival Trevor produced welcoming mugs of hot coffee and delicious cakes, courtesy of his wife, Jane. We then walked across a misty Felbrigg Park, often leaving the regular beaten paths and onto areas of scrubland that I had not seen before. We were delighted to see flocks of colourful Brambling that had just arrived from the continent to avoid the cold weather and our final destination was Felbrigg Lake. The tally of birds continued to increase by the Lake with goldfinches and a variety of ducks and, much to our delight, a kingfisher! Trevor thoroughly searched an oak tree that is known to be much favoured by a Little Owl but it proved to be elusive. A good reason to make a return visit.

Trevor had kept a list of all the birds we had seen and at the end of a very enjoyable, sociable four hours we had totaled 56 different species! Thanks to Trevor, us novice bird watchers now know where to go at Felbrigg to see the wide variety of our feathered friends who live in or visit our area of outstanding natural beauty.

John Rampling