Tuesday, 30 May 2017
An earlyish start out to the Norfolk coast to enjoy the bright weather on the 13th May. I only had the 2 year old with me and she likes a walk so we pootled from the car park at Cley down to Walsey Hills where after a little bit of a wait the Iberian Chiffchaff started singing quite frequently and close to. I enjoyed some views of the bird but didn't really learn much from it, the song however was striking. I recorded some snippets on my phone and took to the East Bank and to the sea.
"Look Dad Haversacks"
The walk out on the bank revealed Bearded Tits, a few waders and Little Terns off shore but on our return journey we were treated to watching 4 Otters playing along the main drainage channel.
After sausage roll and bacon butties at the visitor centre we headed north to Titchwell. A little walk out a Choseley found 3 Dotterel showing quite nicely in their chosen field - always a joy to watch these harlequin plovers pivoting to feed between trotting bursts across the furrows.
On to the reserve where we met up with Mark and Michelle Hawkes enjoying a short break on the coast. We dodged a downpour which cleared to bright sun and a Avocet chick wooed the crowd in the hide while it's parent saw off any bird venturing too close. The marsh was full of birds including a male Ruff in finery, Little Stint, Mediterranean Gulls and a very confiding pair of Little Terns on the saltmarsh.
A bit of pub grub and a listen for evening warblers and such at the settling beds finished off a really lovely day out.