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Thursday, 13 September 2018

Wader spectacular at Snettisham

A very early start saw Brian, Norman and I on the beach at Snettisham in time for high tide. As the water reached the top of the shore hundreds of thousands of waders began to leave the Wash mudflats and pass overhead to the RSPB pits. The first wave was made up of Oystercatchers, followed by Black and Bar-tailed Godwits then finally mind-numbing numbers of Knot.

We walked around to the hides, from where we enjoyed close views of huge flocks of all three species, as well as good numbers of Dunlin and Redshank. Also roosting on the pits were four Spoonbills, a couple of dozen Little Egrets and three or four Greenshanks. All in all an incredible spectacle that more than somewhat overshadowed visits to Titchwell and Cley on the way home!

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