'Why does it always rain on me' (Thursday weather along the Norfolk coast!)
Two Bewick’s Swans flying over Sutton heading inland were a good start to the day (14th) out with Jason Nichols, but the weather was typical for a Thursday; overcast with showers!
Because of the weather we decided to forgo a long walk in the rain to look for an Isabelline Wheatear, reported at Cley, instead having a brief look out to sea from Cley Coastguards, where a juvenile Gannet and two Cormorants were the highlights. 30 Golden Plover flew over the Eye Field, on the way back down Beach Road.
Approximately 50 Brent Geese were at Morston, but little else. However, at Wells pools a Great White Egret was seen, along with a male Marsh Harrier and a charm of Linnets perched on the barb wire along with one Chaffinch.
A juvenile Rough-legged Buzzard had been seen at Wells, to the north of the sewage works. However, we had no idea where the said sewage works were until Jason asked a truck driver who pointed us in the right area. From the road, approaching the sewage works we scanned the area finding 3 Common Buzzards before finally locating the Rough-legged Buzzard on a field at the base of the flood bank, which is where it remained!
With less people than normal (probably due to the weather) was probably the reason we were fortunate to see a Water Rail running over the mud and into the cover of the reedbed at Brancaster Staithe.
Also here was a Common Gull dropping Mussels on the shore to break the shell and on succeeding was immediately joined by several Turnstones. Other waders seen in small numbers were: Ringed and Grey Plovers, Black-tailed and Bar-tailed Godwits, Curlew, Oystercatcher and Dunlin. Two Red-breasted Mergansers were seen making their way up the channel.
Mussel-dropping Common Gull
Linnets Rough-legged Buzzard
Great White Egret