A sedge warbler welcomed us on to the sea defence path that took 2 hours to take us to Burnham Overy Staithe. Here, little terns were fishing and avocets were sweeping. Off to the beach and a surprise bird: a spoonbill. Also overhead were sand martins, cormorants and sandwich terns. A wander through Holkham pines gave up goldcrest and we stopped to lunch near a small pond, but no new birds. After this, through the woods to Wells for a pint. In the woods regular birds got on to the trip list: jay, robin and blue tit.
The pint of Doom Bar was most welcome before the next stage to Stiffkey along the marsh path, then Morston and on to Blakeney. At Stiffkey Fen the first black tailed godwits were noted along with several gadwall.
|black headed gull|
|diving little tern|
|solitary oystercatcher on Holkham Beach|
The final 3 miles, Blakeney to Cley was not good for Wendy as her feet and now right knee were beginning to hurt, so after a Mars Bar break, she stoically put her head down and went for it in one go. I lagged behind photographing 2 hunting barn owls. By the time we returned to The George it was gone 9.30pm, we'd been walking for 10 hours and we were both sore. Long soak and a couple of pints of Adnams and Wherry were in order.
|dark green fritillary|
|diving barn owl|