17th May 2014 - Weeting Heath, Lynford Arboretum and Cley

Off to Norfolk again but this time we hadn't really thought about what we were going to see.  The first stop we ended up at was Weeting Heath to hopefully see some Stone Curlew when there wasn't a ridiculous heat haze.  Heading to the hide we saw a great little bird, a first for the year, the Spotted Flycatcher.  There were also a couple of Goldcrest.  Looking out from the hide we soon saw a Stone-curlew which funnily enough, are much more active when it's not boiling hot!  Unfortunately the chick was nowhere to be seen.

Then it was on to Lynford Arboretum for yet another attempt to see the Two-barred Crossbill.  Funnily enough, yet again we didn't connect.  Never mind!  I was happy within 2 minutes of arriving - a family of Treecreeper took care of that.  What an excellent bird.  A few more Goldcrest were around and also our first UK Firecrest for two years.  A few Siskin were calling and there were Spotted Flycatcher abound.  A couple of Crossbill caused some excitement but they were quickly confirmed as Common.  After a Nuthatch, Pied Wagtail and Coal Tit we decided to move on.

Green Woodpecker
Cley was next, and last, on our trip.  For a short time there, we did quite well with 29 species.  Stuart also managed to procure a new set of binoculars from the small Cley Spy shop.  There were two of my favourite ducks, Pintail and others including Gadwall and Teal.  A Kestrel and Reed Warbler completed the list and we headed back to London.

Greylag Goose
Common Sandpiper and Shelduck
Trip list: 40
Year list: 174
Lifers of year list: 8


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