On saturday when out with dan to the norfolk coast original plan was to go to Cley first but as Red-back Shrike was showing down the road headed to nearby Kelling Water Meadows not a site visited before but looks promising with the rows of hedge with a Bullfinch heard on the walk to the main water body. At the main body of water had views of a few waders mainly Dunlin and Ruff feeding on the shore edge and Skylark, Linnets and singing Yellowhammer in the farmers field behind. afte racross the water views of the Red-backed Shrike moved down to the hedgeline where it was showing pretty well feeding and also good views of a feeding Ruff and Wood Sandpiper and a few Finches and Reeding Buntings. Then walked up the path where a female Whinchat was on the wooden post.
Last stop of the day was a Titchwell where we when to the wader scrape with distance views of 11 Spoonbill (later 13) where the waders where showing really well with Dunlin and at least 8 Little Stint in front of the hide. Further out a mixed flock of Black and Bar-tailed Godwits, Turnstones, Ringed Plovers, Redshanks, a pair of Curlew Sandpiper and after a good look a Spotted Redshank. Then walked down to the beach where on route had a nice flock of summer plumage Grey Plovers. on the beach biggers numbers of Common Terns and Sandwich Terns and a big roost group of Oystercatchers along with about 5 Sanderling feeding on the shoreline.
|Young Red-backed Shrike|
Then headed to Cley first stop was the walk up to the beach stopping at the pools with Little Egret, Redshank, Curlew, Common Sandpiper, Dunlin, Turnstone, Black-tailed Godwits, Little Ringed Plover and just a couple of Avocets. Had lunch on the beach with a Seal going past and hunting Sandwich and Common Terns along with a summer plumage Common Gull. Then headed along to the hide where Black-tailed Godwits and ruffs where feeding in front of the hides with the Lapwings with a distance Greenshank and a possible White Wagtail which Dan found. After a little while a few Bird of prey flew through with hunting Hobby, Marsh Harrier and Kestrel.
|Black-tailed Godwit in flight|
|Flock in flight|
|Flyby Marsh harrier|
|Feeding Little stint|
|Little stint next to a Dunlin showing the size difference|
|10 of the 11 Spoonbill where were together|