2nd March 2013 - Cley Marshes and Warham Greens

The afternoon was dedicated to a trip around Cley Marshes with our great guide Andy Stoddart.  There were similar ducks and waders to Titchwell that morning, including lovely snoozing Avocet, a great bird.  There were also two Marsh Harrier swooping around and this lead to us declaring having never seen a Hen Harrier before - something Andy was 100% sure he could rectify that evening.  As we headed back to the car, I pointed out a Harrier in the distance - what was that?  Ah, that would be a Hen Harrier!  So a lifer not even in the place we were meant to see it.  A bit of sea watching added a flock of Eider and a few Red-throated Diver to the list and it was topped off with a Sparrowhawk carrying dinner.

Despite the earlier sighting of the Hen Harrier, we headed over to Warham Greens along the coast for better views at dusk.  There were certainly great views with up to four Hen Harrier at once swooping through the air and a Marsh Harrier joining in.  A Barn Owl, my second ever, swooped in and came extremely close which was an amazing sight.  The evening finished with three loud Grey Partridge by the car.

Trip list: 47
Year list: 115
Lifers of year list: 7

Lapwing

Avocet!





Shelduck

Common Gull

Water Rail

Brent Goose

Brent Goose swimming

Skylark





Barn Owl



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