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Wednesday, 11 March 2020

Relaxing day on the North Coast: Egrets, waders, and raptors (including an Osprey!)

Just Norman and me today! Lovely weather for a walk along the beach at Holkham - except there wasn't a beach: the tide was right up to the Boardwalk! We trudged out to the Jordan Hide instead: amazingly we picked up several Shorelarks on a little island on the way.

From the hide we counted two Spoonbills and five Great White Egrets (two pairs and a single) Additionally, there were still lots of Whitefronts right in front of the hide. The walk back to the car was uneventful, so we decided on a move to Titchwell, detouring briefly to renew acquaintances with the long-staying Rough-legged Buzzard at Wells.

On the way we enjoyed close views of several Buzzards and Red Kites, but the reserve itself was pretty disappointing, the only highlights being several pairs of Frogs and Toads in their usual pools. After a quick look at Choseley, we headed eastwards to Cley, where we walked out to the centre hides. Nothing spectacular, but we enjoyed close views of lots of Black-tailed Godwits and Avocets, as well as a few Ruff and Knot. To the north of the reserve a US Airforce 'Osprey' flew backwards and forwards all the time we were there.... (Aren't I a tease!)


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