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Wednesday, 12 August 2015

Wader-Fest at Cley...

A day on the North Coast with Brian T was surprisingly productive, with several year-ticks and some interesting insects.

First stop was Cley, where a walk out to the Centre Hides produced Curlew Sandpiper, Green Sandpiper and Wood Sandpiper, as well as a smart Little Gull. Lots of Godwits and Ruff too, until a tractor arrived to trim the banks!

On the East Bank we met Jonathan Forgham - a really nice guy, despite being an ex-teacher! (I've added a link to his blog.) After adding Sparrowhawk, Greenshank and the usual Terns to the day list, we went for coffee before moving to Stiffkey Fen. The access wasn't as good as I remembered it, but we managed distant views of 20+ Spoonbills.

Heading eastwards to Kelling Quags produced just Emperor Dragonfly and Small Red-eyed Damsel, but no Red-veined Darters. Kelling Heath was even more barren, so we headed home by way of Holt Country Park. Here a ten minute walk produced literally dozens of tatty Silver-washed Frits (including one valenzina-ish female!) and a few White Admirals.

A great day out!

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