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Monday, May 04, 2015

4th May

Norfolk for the BH weekend.

This wasn’t a weekend where I spent hours out and about birding the coastal strip. The reasons for that were; work to do in the house, heavy rain on Sunday morning and with cold winds coming from the north there wasn’t a great deal about. That isn’t true, there is always a lot to see but these were birds you expect to find here at this time of the year. There was a trip ( that is a good clue) of one species that had they been closer I would have gone to see, that was a flock of up to 9 Dotterel. I didn’t fancy a 4 hour round trip.

The birds I did see but couldn’t photograph were still good birds; Rough-legged Buzzard, 2 Spoonbills and 60+ Arctic Terns.

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There is a Little Tern colony just a few miles away, which is always a great place to spend an hour or so.

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Just along the coast from the terns there is a stretch of sandstone cliffs. These have been severely eroded over the last 28 years, ever since the sea defences here were destroyed and the councils decision to let the sea have this 1/2 mile stretch of coast. That didn’t go down well with the locals whose houses that were once safe places to live, with stunning sea views were allowed to topple over the edge. However back to the birds, because it is a sandstone stretch of cliff the Sand Martins love it.

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These next 4 photos were taken at Hickling’s Norfolk Wildlife Trust’s Reserve, along the new path to the raptor watch point at Stubb’s Mill.

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This morning my next-door neighbour who has a fantastic Norfolk list took me for a drive on a Private area of the broads. It was a great treat and the birds weren’t bad either especially the Whimbrel.

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Marsh Harriers were quartering the fields and a high flying Common Crane dropped down along way off.

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