Norfolk Journey 2018: Day 7

A wet day and so we make a late start travelling a few miles to the reserve at Cley Marshes. After a stop for refreshments at the visitor centre, we take advantage of a break in the rain to drive down to the East Bank car park and walk out along the bank to the hide overlooking Arnold’s Marsh, arriving just in time as the rain returned.

There was a good selection of wading birds including a large flock of Common Redshank, Black-tailed Godwits, Dunlin and a Spotted Redshank. A Peregrine Falcon was seen resting on a post trying as much as was possible to keep out of a rain. Some small birds flew in from the sea, seeking shelter from the weather, and these included Meadow Pipit, Yellow Wagtail and a Whinchat.


Black-tailed Godwits

Taking advantage of another break in the rain after a couple of hours to make it back to the car we had actually managed to do some birdwatching without getting wet on a very wet day.

Canada Goose [sp] (Branta canadensis)
Mute Swan (Cygnus olor)
Common Shelduck (Tadorna tadorna)
Mallard [sp] (Anas platyrhynchos)
Eurasian Teal (Anas crecca)
Common Pheasant [sp] (Phasianus colchicus)
Little Egret [sp] (Egretta garzetta)
Great Cormorant [sp] (Phalacrocorax carbo)
Western Marsh Harrier [sp] (Circus aeruginosus)
Common Buzzard [sp] (Buteo buteo)
Northern Lapwing (Vanellus vanellus)
Eurasian Curlew [sp] (Numenius arquata)
Black-tailed Godwit [sp] (Limosa limosa)
Dunlin [sp] (Calidris alpina)
Common Redshank [sp] (Tringa totanus)
Spotted Redshank (Tringa erythropus)
Black-headed Gull (Chroicocephalus ridibundus)
Great Black-backed Gull (Larus marinus)
European Herring Gull [sp] (Larus argentatus)
Lesser Black-backed Gull [sp] (Larus fuscus)
Common Wood Pigeon [sp] (Columba palumbus)
Eurasian Collared Dove [sp] (Streptopelia decaocto)
Western Barn Owl [sp] (Tyto alba)
Common Kestrel [sp] (Falco tinnunculus)
Peregrine Falcon [sp] (Falco peregrinus)
Western Jackdaw [sp] (Coloeus monedula)
Carrion Crow [sp] (Corvus corone)
Eurasian Blue Tit [sp] (Cyanistes caeruleus)
Great Tit [sp] (Parus major)
Barn Swallow [sp] (Hirundo rustica)
Common House Martin [sp] (Delichon urbicum)
Whinchat (Saxicola rubetra)
Meadow Pipit (Anthus pratensis)
Common Reed Bunting [sp] (Emberiza schoeniclus)


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