A better day

After my grump session from yesterday the trip today to Cley was fabulous. After a pleasant cross-country drive we arrived at Cley to see a large crowd of birders with their scopes trained on the reserve. A quick word revealed that they were looking at a Black Winged Stilt, a great bird although I had been lucky enough to see one earlier in the year at Standlake.  A Marsh harrier was quartering the marsh being mobbed by Lapwings. A Kestrel carrying small prey landed on a nearby telegraph pole. A Cetti’s Warbler called from a small thicket which had a Reed Bunting singing from the top. A couple of Little Egrets were flying around and a group of seven Spoonbills which had all been sleeping started to move around. From the main hides we had great views of Avocets and Lapwings, both with young. A Little Ringed Plover landed nearby, some Redshank and Shelduck were seen at a distance and many Hirundines were overhead. Heading back to the visitor centre another Cetti’s called and then appeared on the top of some bushes before flying across the path in front of us. After a very heavy shower the sun came out again and we moved on to Blakeney Quay and after a cream tea a walk along the coastal path gave more good views of Marsh Harrier, Redshank and Shelduck along with many Reed Buntings and Sedge Warbler. Several Oystercatchers were calling loudly as they flew over and Skylark and a single Meadow Pipit were displaying. Also seen was a lone Buzzard. On the drive back another couple of Marsh Harriers were seen drifting over the reeds. Back at Caister and after a nice dinner of Crab, Mussels and Smoked Mackerel that we had got from Blakeney and Strawberries from a local farm shop, we had a short walk along the beach at and watched the Little Tern s flying in from the sea.      So a completely opposite result from the downbeat walk of yesterday.

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2 responses to “A better day

  1. Richard Williams

    Hi Malcolm. I always love reading reports from North Norfolk for it is such a special place for me. As a boy I holidayed in Stiffkey for 9 consecutive years, always took Dad over there in more recent years when visiting him at his home in Spalding and now both he and my mother are laid to rest at the ford at Glandford just inland from Cley…which gives me added good reason to get to Norfolk once a year ever since. A truly wonderful place now made even more special by my greater interest in birds.
    Richard

    • wiltsbirder

      Hi Richard,
      It certainly is a great place and obviously very special for you. We had a great weeks holiday and were pretty lucky with the weather. I hope to go back later in the year for some proper birding.

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