While we were drinking coffee at the reserve centre a Rough-legged Buzzard drifted eastwards - very distantly, unfortunately. Then people suddenly gazing intently towards the sea: through the 'Cley Spy' guy's telescope we could make out a pod of small whales heading towards Salthouse - we slurped down our coffee and followed them!
After five minutes at the beach we decided to walk westwards to see if they'd turned back, but all we encountered was a decent flock (60+) of Snow Buntings and a Stonechat, so we retraced our steps.
Back by the site of the old carpark a group of well-known birders had refound the whales about three-quarters of a mile offshore. Although distant, I grabbed a few images which identified them as Pilot Whales - possibly Long-finned. A little closer inshore was a couple of Red-throated Divers, but little else.
We returned to Cley for another coffee and then a walk along the East Bank: no sign of the Long-tailed Duck, but a Little Egret was eating sticklebacks at close range!