We carried on along the coast to Burnham Overy Staithe, where a brisk walk along the mist-shrouded seawall took us to the beach behind the houseboats. There were only a couple of birders in sight, none of whom seemed to have seen the Isabelline. We split up and, surprisingly quickly, I relocated this charming little waif feeding on the strandline. Joined by Brian and Norman, I watched the bird for around twenty minutes, before carrying on round the point to the houseboats, where a Desert Wheatear had recently been seen. Despite taking a lengthy (and cold!) lunchbreak, huddled in the dunes, we didn't add this bird to our daylists.
The walk back gave us distant views of the returning Black Brant hybrid, a cute little Earth Star fungus and a few Stonechats, but little else. We drove to Cley for coffee and scones, where we were told of a Long-tailed Duck in front of the new Babcock Hide. After a brief - and fruitless - session in Bishop's Hide, we drove east, parked and were soon enjoying somewhat distant views of this delightful little female. And so home! A great day out for the 'Summer Wine Crew'!
|Bramblings by Brian Tubby|