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Wednesday, 14 December 2016

Spoonbill at Cley (And other good odds and ends!)

With just a morning free, Brian, Norman and I made an early start at Cley, parking at the end of the East Bank and walking out to the sea.

Best bird was the long-staying juvenile Spoonbill which entertained us by the side of the Brackish Lagoon. Always good to see a Spoonie this close, but especially in December! Other birds included five Pintail and a tough-looking juvenile Lesser Black-back.

A move to Salthouse failed to produce ant Shorelarks or Snow Buntings, but we did add Stonechat, Red-throated Diver, Red-breasted Merganser and Guillemot to the tally.

A brief stop at 'Cley Spy' failed to reveal the reported Tree Sparrow, but we did see one of the presumed hybrids!

After coffee and the obligatory cheese scones, we drove back to Norwich for fabulous views of the Costessey Waxwing flock: pictures in the next post!


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