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akbenbow

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Having now been to Wolferton easily into double figures in the last 18 months, can anyone confirm how many birds are still there? And are there any other reliable sites (with tickable birds)?
 
Having now been to Wolferton easily into double figures in the last 18 months, can anyone confirm how many birds are still there? And are there any other reliable sites (with tickable birds)?

I have visited Wolferton around 15 times since moving to Norfolk and have only managed a single male in the evening time around April (would have to check notes to confirm a date) I know people who have connected several times consecutively, to my frustration haha.

I know that most people (if not all) do not take the Sculthorpe birds in to account when discussing Norfolk's GP population, but there is a small wood near Watton that I think is NT and they have a population of 'tickable birds' as far as I am aware. Although I have never seen them. I am sure someone will confirm the name of the wood, it slips my mind.

Another idea would be to explore the roads adjacent (east) of the triangle as they look suitable for GP and a good friend of mine has had success there.

I am pretty new to Norfolk, I am sure someone will be able to add further to my advice and correct any falsified information given.

Regards Kieran
 

akbenbow

Member
Thanks for the suggestions. I have tried Wayland Wood in the past (and also Sculthorpe) with no success. This is really my bogey bird - I even went to Longleat Safari Park at the weekend and failed to see one in their walk through aviary!!

I was hoping there were a couple of hidden sites - or even tips for Wolferton...
 
Thanks for the suggestions. I have tried Wayland Wood in the past (and also Sculthorpe) with no success. This is really my bogey bird - I even went to Longleat Safari Park at the weekend and failed to see one in their walk through aviary!!

I was hoping there were a couple of hidden sites - or even tips for Wolferton...

Patients and luck would be my only suggestion in regards to tips for Wolferton. You see a lot of birds being reported in January, early morning. Year listers may be the reason for this though.
 

aucarius

Marcus Hunt
United Kingdom
My Wolverton Experience

I was hoping there were a couple of hidden sites - or even tips for Wolferton...
I've been to Wolferton Triangle a few of times recently (often on my way to Titchwell), early morning i.e., before 8am, & connected a couple of times just by driving slowly along the road. Turn off the A149 at the Wolverton sign then turn right at the crossroads (which will take you back to the A149). One time I saw two males scuttling into the undergrowth but it's obviously hit & miss. Good luck!
 

dwatsonbirder

Well-known member
Im afraid that the Wayland wood population has dwindled for the past 5 years & there have been no positive sightings for the last 2 years. I can recommend the track that leads down to Thompson Water, as the rhodi beds on either side often hold the odd individual. PM me if you want more details.
 

akbenbow

Member
Another unsuccessful GP weekend! I can confirm that there do not seem to be any birds at Wayland Wood, and the Woferton triangle again proved unsuccessful!
 
Another unsuccessful GP weekend! I can confirm that there do not seem to be any birds at Wayland Wood, and the Woferton triangle again proved unsuccessful!

Just batter the triangle through January, your bad luck will break in the end buddy. I also have heard more birds being reported from the north road of the triangle, this may just be coincidence, but I did have my single male there too.

Regards Kieran
 

O.Reville1989

I started off with nothing and I've still got some
Hiya, Out of interest, why isn't the sculthorpe bird tickable? We saw him crosing the bridge once. It's a gorgeous bird! I know they still have sightings of him fairly frequently so if you're desperate to see one, might be worth another look..


P4097723 golden pheasant by kittykat23uk, on Flickr

Fantastic photos!
From what I have been told the Sculthorpe GP's once belonged to a large estate near by (Rainham?) and were "released" (dumped) at Sculthorpe and have been there ever since!
If you aren't into lists they are a fantastic bird to see and won't get a better chance or easier opportunity of seeing GP.
 

birdboybowley

Well-known member.....apparently so ;)
Supporter
England
Weren't all Goldies basically 'dumped' originally, anyway....? Tick away! ;)
And agree, it is a fab looking bird and so much easier than Wolferton!
 

O.Reville1989

I started off with nothing and I've still got some
Weren't all Goldies basically 'dumped' originally, anyway....? Tick away! ;)
And agree, it is a fab looking bird and so much easier than Wolferton!

I must admit before I knew the story of their origin I ticked them! Before deciding to retract it.
As you say I'm not sure what makes the Wolferton ones tick worthy and these not? Period of release perhaps? or successful wild breeding?
I'm sure someone knows :)
 

James Emerson

Norwich Birder
I must admit before I knew the story of their origin I ticked them! Before deciding to retract it.
As you say I'm not sure what makes the Wolferton ones tick worthy and these not? Period of release perhaps? or successful wild breeding?
I'm sure someone knows :)

The Sculthorpe ones are very straightforward - they aren't 'tickable' because they were raised in captivity and released there. Its the equivalent of ticking a Budgie that someone down the road has got bored of and let go.

Most people deem the Wolferton (and other small populations) tickable because they have been present for 40+ years (Birds of Norfolk suggests 1967 as a release date in this area). The individuals you see were born in the wild, to parents born in the wild etc etc. There is a grey area as to when an introduced population becomes self-sufficient, and indeed the amount of inbreeding is a problem for some people, so not everyone will count them, but that is personal preference.
 

kittykat23uk

Well-known member
Thanks for the information. Either way you still need a lot of luck to see the Sculthorpe bird(s). I know there were two but one seems to have absconded to the other side of the river apparently. I go there withmy non-birdy partner (he's more into photography). I told him to look out for the golden pheasant. To which he asked what it looked like. I just said you'll know it when you see it! And there it was! :)
 

Lestur

New member
i too had visited several times recently, with no success until three weeks ago when together with two fellow birders we managed to see an Adult male walking along the roadside and a Merlin bathing in a puddle around 9 oclock on our way to twitch the Little Bittern.

Les
 

gnome

Well-known member
If I might resurrect this thread, does anyone know about seeing GP's in the Brecklands? In LGRE's Site Guide book he says that Thetford Forest and East Wretham are good sites with the former supposedly holding 19 birds. Does anyone have any knowledge of this area such as where exactly to go etc?

TIA

Adam
 

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