Friday was a sea watching day, but we didn't understand that getting up at about 6 in the morning was a key feature, so as you would expect, we didn't see much. We headed all the way up to Sheringham, and finished up at Cley in the afternoon. We stopped off at several vantage points, and with my first Common Scoters of the year seen at many of the sights, I was well pleased.
Common Scoters at Sea Palling
Common Scoters off Sheringham
Turnstone at Sheringham
During the day, we stopped off at Waxham, Sea Palling, Happisburgh, Cromer Sheringham, and then Cley in the afternoon. We arrived here at about 2:30pm. We parked in the East Bank car park, and walked along the East Bank. The pinging of Bearded Tits ringed our ears, as only fleeting glimpses were seen. A group of about 15 Curlew were on Arnolds Marsh.....
Curlew in Arnolds Marsh fields
We reached the large pool on the right going towards the sea. This held some Teal, Gadwall, Mallard, and Black-headed Gulls. Not much, but the main highlight on here though was the big flock of about 100 Black-tailed Godwits.
Black-tailed Godwits at Cley
Little Egret at Cley
One of the local Spoonbills flew past the East Bank behind us while watching out at sea, and a Dunlin flew in land. Another sighting was my first Grey Plover of the year fly over the reserve , then, the Godwits came to rest...
The long line of Black-tailed Godwits on the stretch of Mud
The last action of the day was a Marsh Harrier flying over the East bank