Started at Cley today where we luckily saw 3 Temminks Stints before they disappeared. Lots of Wheatear in the Eye Field along with a summer plumaged Golden Plover.
Charlie and me then walked along to Burnham Overy Dunes for very little reward! there were several Wheatears and a few Sedge Warblers. A flock of 20 Whimbrel were actually quite tolerant of my clumsy photography. A dull bird day was livened up by the Sacred Ibis on the Marsh.
Whimbrel, Burnham Overy Staithe
Marsh Harrier, male, Burnham Overy Staithe
A stop at Titchwell in the afternoon gave us Common Sandpiper, Little Terns, Common Terns, Red-crested Pochard and a 1st summer Little Gull.
Today I decided to have a day rounding up some local rarities. Stopped at Great Livermere first where the summer plumaged Long-billed Dowitcher proved to be very obliging. Also present were the summer plumaged Bar-tailed Godwit and 2 Common Sandpipers.
Bar-tailed Godwit, Great Livermere
I then travelled back into Norfolk finding 7 Stone Curlew along the way. Started at Titchwell where a slightly unseasonal Brambling fed by the feeders.
While at Titchwell the pager spat out news of a Pallid Harrier along Blakeney Point. Being an inherantly lazy slob I decided that it may be best to try to see it from Morston Quay. I was not alone and the bird was soon located flying west along Long Hills & Yankee Ridge.
The next piece of news concerned a Purple Heron, supposedly visible from the A149 at Holkham. While the bird was not as close as it had been it did show well by being very un-purple heron like and standing in a field.