We arrived at Coast Guards just before 8, plenty of folk around and a fair north easterly with good visibility; conditions were good for sea watching. We quickly picked up quite a few Sandwich Terns feeding just off shore, then some Gannets of various ages going east. Way out there was some Gull activity and a closer look produced a couple of Arctic Skuas and a Great Skua harassing them for their catch. Then going past east again, was a juvenile Kittiwake and a Fulmar. After a couple of hours we headed along to the reserve and spent sometime looking out over the scrapes, it was nice to see Green and Wood Sandpipers, Little Stint and a couple of Spotted Redshanks, along with the regular Ringed Plovers, Redshank, Ruff, Avocet and Black-tailed Godwit. Finally we walked along to Walsey Hills and low and behold there was a Crane grazing in the field opposite with an Egyptian Goose and then finally from the Hill I could see the eight or so Spoonbills feeding on their favoured north scrape at Cley. Good day!
Life bird count: 396 Year bird count: 221 Month bird count: 75
Photo: Spoonbill (Platalea leucorodia)