Walking back from Blakeney Point
Only one person saw the Greenish Warbler this morning at 7.15am (going by the pager) and it was seen in an elder bush apparently. There isn't an elder (that I can recall) at 'The Hood', so others presumed it must have been at 'Long Hills'. Several people out there before me including Mark and Tracy Bradbury and a birder from Sheringham, Pete Dolton and a couple of birders from Bristol. When I called the BP rangers, they said that it was seen at 5am this morning by a single observer. Whoever it was, must have walked out in the dark. 5am? 7.15am?
The 'No news' message came too late for me, as I had just pulled up into Coastguards car park at Cley. With no other birds on offer, I decided to go anyway.
Pink Thrift along path at 'The Hood'
Lupins by The Lifeboat House
Bird of the day was a Spotted Flycatcher in The Plantation, which was elusive and refused to be photographed. There were several Painted Lady butterflies, a Marsh Harrier, Swifts, Swallows, Meadow Pipits, Linnets, Ringed Plovers, Avocets, Oystercatchers, Little Terns and Sandwich Terns. There was a massive storm brewing and I headed quickly towards the Lifeboat house to take shelter, but weirdly it didn't materialise! The black clouds dispersed and slowly the sun came out again! It took forever to get back to Coastguards!
Collapsed in my deckchair at the car park and had a coffee. The light was beautiful over the marshes – this was the best part of the day!
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