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Tuesday, 24 August 2021

Red-backed Shrike and some nice waders on the North Coast

For the first time in over a year, Brian picked me up for a drive to the North Coast (sadly Norman couldn't join us) First stop was Cley, where half an hour in Bishop's Hide revealed that, apart from a few Golden Plover and Ruff, the bulk of the waders were over the other side! A short stroll took us to Teal Hide, looking out at Pat's Pool. Quite quickly we added Little Stint, Curlew Sandpiper and lots of Dunlin and Black-tailed Godwits, while a move to Avocet Hide gave us good views of Wood and Green Sandpiper as well as more Godwits and Snipe.

We decided to head eastward to Gramborough Hill to see if yesterday's Redd-backed Shrike was still present: on arrival at the end of Beach Road a couple of birders confirmed that it was! After a short wait, this charming little juvenile posed somewhat distantly on top of the scrubby bushes.

Coffee and cheese scones at Kelling were followed by a walk down to the Quags: disappointingly there was absolutely nothing to see, apart from the first Small Red-eyed Damselflies of the year.

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