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Wednesday, 13 November 2019

Isabelline Wheatear, a jingle of Buntings and a snowstorm of Egrets!

Brian and I had just half a day at our disposal, so we headed north, arriving at Cley around 8.00am. A brisk walk along the East Bank and a short wait rewarded us with close views of the long-staying Isabelline Wheatear. After twenty minutes close study of this charming vagrant, we headed back to the car, finding a flock of 50+ Snow Buntings on the way. The immature Long-tailed Duck was still present west of the East Bank, but too far to bother with photographs!

Next stop was Wells North Point Pools: here, as we were drinking our tea, the first of the day's five Great White Egrets flew overhead. Next stop was Burnham Overy, where a short walk provided us with views of a pair of Red Kites, more Great White Egrets and five or six Cattle Egrets. As we were walking back to the car a low-flying raptor caught our attention: the sub-terminal tail band seemed suggestive of a Rough-legged Buzzard: correspondent Keith Bilverstone assures me it's a Common, however.... And so home!

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