Monday, 3 September 2012

Norfolk - Day 1

Arriving at Sea Palling on Thursday, with the wind and rain nearly blowing our static caravan away, not much to produce for Thursday afternoon. We did go out for a bit of a drive for start, driving through Waxham, but no further. In case your wondering, we did stay at Sea Palling, at the Golden Beach caravan park. This day was just a settler.

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

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