Cley and sea-watching

Record shot of the the visiting Iceland Gull on Serpentine – Cley – yesterday

Cley produced a few nice birds yesterday. The super-obliging singing Grasshopper Warbler was in it’s usual bush, across the road from the car park. Singing Lesser Whitethroat at several spots on the reserve were my first for the year – as were the Swift over North Scrape. There was a very smart male Stonechat near Babcock hide – possibly of the continental rubicola race. Best bird was the Iceland Gull – loafing around Pope’s Pool at lunchtime. Presumed to be the 2cy bird from Weybourne. I can’t remember ever seeing Iceland on the reserve before. This morning’s sea-watch produced a few waders – mostly Whimbrel & Dunlin, a single Red-throated Diver, a couple of Little Egret and 200+ Sandwich Tern with a couple of Common Tern amongst them. One of the egrets made it to Weybourne Camp, with an average flying speed of 14 mph.

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