Day 2 - Cley Marshes and Roydon Common:
We set off for Cley-Next-The-Sea this morning, and just before the visitor centre we saw loads of birders lining the road all looking in the direction of some trees, so we parked up and I hurried over to ask what they were looking at. There was supposed to be a Pallas's Warbler in the trees with a flock of titmice, but it hadn't been seen since 20 minutes previous to our arrival, and it turned out that that was the last time it was spotted all day - so no lifer there!
However, when talking to the birders I soon found out that there was a Long-eared Owl in a bush just down the road at Walsey Hills, so I quickly trundled down the path following a trail of other birders, and came to a gathering of scopes and cameras, and I soon found my first Long-eared Owl perched in a bush offering stupidly good views and amazing photography opportunities! And I thought that I didn't have much luck with owls - 2 owl lifers in 2 days! What a start to my Norfolk holiday!
After this morning's excitement, we headed to the Cley Marshes visitor centre to find out where the Grey Phalarope was that has been on the reserve for a few days now. We set off to the phalarope site and was told that it shows every few minutes or so. It was so windy it was hard to stand up - I don't know how a little dainty bird like a phalarope could manage! But we did see it, not great views, but my first Grey Phalarope nonetheless! It kept coming in and out of the reeds briefly, then it would conveniently go behind a little bank! But, we saw it quite a few times, and I got some (bad) record shots.
As the weather was nice, I wanted to do a raptor roost this evening, so we went to Roydon Common in the hope of some harriers and maybe another owl! However, it is a little too early in the year yet for a raptor roost, so unfortunately in the hour we waited at dusk, all we got was a possible Woodcock that shot past, oh, and a Stonechat which is new for the trip.
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