NWT Cley Marshes September 2017

BLACKBOURNE U3A BIRDING GROUP VISIT TO NWT CLEY MARSHES 14th SEPTEMBER 2017

Everyone was looking forward to the annual trip to Cley but the weather forecast was awful. High winds from the North West and heavy showers were predicted for the North Norfolk coast. As no telephone call or email from our leader arrived to cancel the trip 11 of us in 3 cars made our way to Cley.

There was time to enjoy a hot chocolate or coffee before we set off across the road to make for the first hide. On the way Dave andBryann heard a Cetti’s Warbler near a dyke and then Bryannspotted the bird itself as it flew across the dyke. After spending some time in the first hide we returned to the road and visited the next hide. After that some of the group decided to go for a coffee break but the remainder pressed on to walk the east bank towards the sea. The wind was very strong and it was a necessary to hold on to your hat (or wig!).

Bryann had gone missing but Sue thought that he was old enough to look after himself! He did turn up eventually and he had already been to the sea shore and was sitting in the hide on the way back.

The sea was extremely rough and it was difficult to see how anything could survive in the rough water but a seal was bobbing about quite happily a few yards off the shore. There were several birds seen on the sea and flying close to the wave tops but they were too far away to be identified.

The group returned to the visitors centre and unbelievably the rain had missed us all morning. We proceeded to the Wiveton Bell where we all enjoyed a well earned drink and meal.

A total of 34 bird species were seen: Mute Swan, Wood Pigeon, Marsh Harrier, Collared Dove, HouseMartin, Grey Lag Goose, Cetti’s Warbler, Shelduck, Moorhen,Lapwing, Ringed Plover, Wigeon, Dunlin, Redshank, Carrion Crow, Pied Wagtail, Canada Goose, Teal, Lesser Black backed Gull, Black Headed Gull, Cormorant, Shoveler, Coot, Mallard, Gadwall, Bar Tailed Godwit, Herring Gull, Starling, Pink Footed Goose, Ruffe, Spoonbill, Little Egret, Sand Martin, Curlew.

Mammals seen were: Seal (?species) and a Short Tailed Field Vole.