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Wednesday, 6 March 2013

Tuesday 5th March Two Day tour

Tuesday 5th March Two Day tour

We started the day at Cley, we bumped into David & Pat Wileman whom had just seen a Water Pipit off the West Bank, but despite several attempts it remained elusive or had moved on! On the Beach pool the 
Purple Sandpiper was still present & showing very well, along with a couple of Ringed Plover, plus Lapwing &
"littoralis" Rock Pipit. 
We picked off a few birds whilst looking at the sea, Red-throated Diver, Gannet, Guillemot, Razorbill & 2 Gannet. The best bird was undoubtedly a female Goosander off the end of the East bank, that was close inshore before flying off west. On Arnolds there was a good scattering of shorebirds,Curlew, Bar-tailed Godwit, Ringed Plover,Grey Plover etc.Off the East Bank we had very brief views of Bearded Tit, plus 2 Marsh Harrier, lots of wildfowl & c1000 Brent Geese, including one leucistic bird.

The group made a unanimous decision to spend the afternoon trying to see the WT Sea-Eagle. This turned out to be my 2nd failed attempt!! However, it was glorious sunshine & we did have continuous views of 
Buzzard, a Red Kite, Nuthatch, Treecreeper & a briefly flushed Woodcock.

Without too much trying we had recorded 94 species over the two days.

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