Sunday, 6 May 2018

Purple Heron and Dotterel in Norfolk

As we approached Norfolk this morning, we decided to switch our plans and head first for Cley hoping to connect with the Purple Heron. Parking up along Beach Road we walked up the steps onto the West Bank and joined a small group of birders already present. The late change of plans paid off immediately as the Purple Heron was seen in the ditch. It soon took to the air and landed in the middle of Cricket Marsh. The local Lapwings began to harass it and it quickly took flight again heading towards the far side of the field and landing among the reeds.

Purple Heron

We left Cley and headed West towards Docking. Parking up along Choseley Road we began scanning the fields for any signs of the previous days reported Dotterel. Two Grey Partridge, two Wheatear, two Oystercatcher and a single Golden Plover were found before the three Dotterel were found. It was only 8.30am and both targets had already been seen. 

Titchwell was only a short drive away and we decided to spend the rest of our time here. Red-crested Pochard was added to the year list with two birds seen. The Freshmarsh held good numbers of Sandwich Terns and also two Little Gulls and at least three Common Sandpipers.

Common Sandpiper

A scan of the flooded fields on the Thornham side of the main path produced a single Spoonbill. Three Little Terns were seen from the beach for another year tick along with Knot, Sanderling and Turnstones and a Grey Seal was watched as it hauled itself onto the beach and promptly went to sleep.

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