A few summer migrants, Cranes & Seals......
A sunny, breezy day at Potter Heigham Marshes (16th) found the first Sedge Warblers (3) and Willow Warblers of the year (2) along the river as far as the Holt.
2 Avocet, Common Snipe and Common Redshanks were the only waders of note, whilst several Pochard, Tufted Ducks, Little Egret were on the pools and two Reed Buntings and a Marsh Harrier, also seen.
With only a lone Marsh Harrier at distance along the Horsey ‘straight’ a drive down to Horsey Gap was more fruitful.
Walking along the path, on the west side of the dune system, two Linnets and a male Stonechat were seen in the open scrub area and a Willow Warbler was singing. Two Cranes (probably a pair) were then seen high in the sky to the north east, but circled closer until they were directly above me, before being lost looking into the sun. A Red Kite drifted south and a Common Buzzard was also seen.
Walking back and venturing into the dunes saw several Grey Seals swimming close to the beach and further along approximately 300 Grey Seals were hauled up on the beach. Shortly after, the first Swallow of 2018 was seen flying north over the beach at the edge of the dunes, before a bad and sudden attack of cramp ended anymore exploration on foot!
Chinese Water Deer
.....showing a clean pair of heels Chinese Water Deer style Drake Gadwall