I was up early, but had to go into town to sort banks and other mundane jobs, which took the entire morning up! It was very hot AGAIN today! There are lots of new arty, farty wooden seated areas with buddleia and other butterfly rich plants, springing up in different areas of the town centre – which were adorned with butterflies, including Red Admirals, Peacocks, Large Whites, Graylings, Bees and Hoverflies etc. Walked back along the quayside to my car. Returned home, cooked lunch. Picked my sister Lucy up and visited parents at Holme.
I escaped to Titchwell RSPB for the evening – it was much cooler thank goodness and the light was fabulous. There were tons of birds on the scrapes including: at least 9 Spoonbills, loads of Avocets, Mute Swans, Black-headed Gulls, Common Terns flying round, Redshanks, Ruff, Black-tailed Godwits, a Common Sandpiper, Teal, Mallards, Shelducks, Moorhens, Coots, 1 Heron, Little Egrets, Greylag Geese, Pied Wagtails, Yellow Wagtails (2 Juvs), 1 Wood Sandpiper, 1 Spotted Redshank (at least) and had fabulous views of a Water Vole swimming across the pool! On reaching the beach, the tide was high and covered the rocks on the beach – several Sanderling running along the shore and a good number of Oystercatchers towards the east end of the beach. Distant views of the Long-tailed Skua over Thornham Harbour – but it certainly wasn't going to be a full frame picture on my camera! Bumped into Mark B. and Mike S. whilst here and had a chat. 4 Eider on the sea, Sandwich Terns flying west and east and also a few Swallows, Sand and House Martins flying over the sea. 2 Meadow Pipits in the marram grass and a Swallow perched on the orange rope alongside the path, just before the beach. It was a beautiful sunset as I walked back, casting orange ripples over the pool on the west side, as a Mute Swan glided past into the edge of the reeds.
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