Friday, 23 May 2014


Had a great week in Norfolk recently, focusing on the Norfolk Wildlife Trust reserves of Holme Dunes and Cley. In all the time i've been birding i've never visited Holme Dunes but what a gem of a reserve.

I've never seen so may wall butterflies in one place.
Green hairstreaks were also on the wing.
A light swallow movement of birds heading west in small groups occured over 4 days with the daily counts in excess of 400.
At Cley the sedge warblers were in full song, blasting out from the reed beds.
The Norfolk Wildlife Trust visitor centre at Cley is fantastic and does a brilliant cream tea, the view over the reserve is incredible and has to be one of the best views in the country from any cafe.

North Norfolk is still a superb place to see brown hare and I had one field with 15 of these lovely animals.
Lisa and I walked from Stiffkey to Wells-next-the-sea along the coastal path and a surprise find was this red kite drifting north over the salt marsh. Typically by the time I had got my camera ready it had started to drift across the sun.
We also had a spoonbill flying east and then a second red kite not showing the secondary moult on the return leg of the walk.
The cattle in the Cley Eye field provided early morning cuteness whilst looking for blue-headed wagtails.

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