|bar tailed godwit at Wells harbour|
|Burnham Overy Staithe beach view.|
|Wells harbour, brent geese|
|curlew, Wells harbour|
Brent geese, godwits, curlew and redshank were noted in the salt marsh whilst common gulls populated the beach towards Holkham Gap and Paradise beach. A wander up to the Victoria for a pint was worthless as the hotel is closed until May, so a coffee had to suffice. Back on the track a goldcrest, year lister #132 was photographed before we arrived at Wells harbour.
|highly mobile goldcrest. Over 20 photos, all but these 2 missed the bird!|
|redshank in its element|
|skylark on path from Burnham Overy Staithe|
Loads of ringed plover, ruff, 4 bar tailed godwits, grey plovers etc were noted before #133 was seen: a black redstart near the Harbour Master's office. Several pints of Nelson's Revenge at The Edinburgh before a bus back to the car and a drive back to The Old Bakery, Salthouse. Our superb hideaway for the weekend. Tonight, a meal at Crofters in Sheringham, an Austrian based restaurant.
A quick count up gives 71 species for the day. Not too bad for a non birding day.
Finally, for comparison. Firstly a high silhouette of the hen harrier seen high over Cley, and secondly, a photo, also taken at Cley of a marsh harrier. Note the "fingers" or primary feathers at the wing tip. Hen harrier frequently shows 4 whilst the marsh shows 5. Good id guide for silhouetted harriers.