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Wednesday, 21 August 2019

A run along the North Coast: Purple Sandpiper, Great White Egret and other bits and pieces!

A really beautiful day: a light, refreshing breeze kept the temperature down to around 20 degrees, so our eight-mile walk around several of the north coast bird resorts was thoroughly enjoyable.

First stop was Cley, where Bishop's Hide revealed just a few Ruff and an adult Yellow-legged Gull. We carried on around the entire perimeter of the reserve, adding two Wheatears and lots of fishing Sandwich Terns. After coffee we headed westwards, stopping first at North Point, Wells. Here the usual gang of Spoonbills (10 birds) were dozing in the sunshine, while overhead a Peregrine kicked up a bit of fuss! A Migrant Hawker performed well above the path-side ditch...

Next stop was Burnham Overy: the longish walk down from the coast road added nothing to the day's haul, but it was interesting to watch a mixed wader flock come out of roost as the tide fell. (But what was the little one I caught in flight?)

Our final stop was Titchwell, where within ten minutes we'd 'bagged' everything on offer: more Spoonbills, a Great White Egret and a dapper little Purple Sandpiper. (We met some really nice folk as we toured the coast: the husband of one charming couple at Titchwell was actually born in the same nursing home as I: Thorpe Combe in Walthamstow!)

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