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Friday, 11 January 2013

Friday 11th January - One to One Guided Birding

One to one day of exclusive guiding North Norfolk
En-route we noted a Buzzard plus around c500 Pink-footed Goose.

We then started off with a walk along the East Bank at Cley. The day started very well with stunning views of a cracking male Bearded Tit, showing down to 10m. Then shortly after a single Whooper Swan flew west, whilst a 1000+ Brent Goose gave lovely fly-bys.

A Cetti's stuttered nearby along the bank & a colour ringed Stonechat popped into view. Over the reedbed 4+ Marsh harrier, with an adult female showing at close range. The first pools held, 40 dunlin, 40 Redshank & Sanderling, Grey Plover & Curlew, plus good numbers of wildfowl.

Along the shingle bank, we had stunning views of c40 Snow Bunting which eventually walked right past us at close range, accompanied by good numbers of Goldfinch & Linnet.

We eventually reached sea-pool where there was an equal mix of waders plus the Purple Sandpiper was still present & we had great scope views. The walk back added a calling Water Rail. 

After lunch we checked out North scrape, a lovely group of c50 Pintail, c60 Shoveler plus a passing Sparrowhawk. A short look on the sea was prodcutive with c40 Red-throated Diver including one flock of c20 flying south, plus a male Common Scoter just offshore.

We stopped off in Morston & found a Greenshank, before finishing the day at a raptor roost - with 3 Barn Owl, 4 Marsh Harrier & 4 Hen Harrier.

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