Sunday April 20
After a very enjoyable coffee and snack with J and D at Cley Centre, we drove the sewage works lane again. Parking the car to one side of the Works entrance , we walked up the lane, hearing and seeing our first Sedge Warbler of the year. Still no Gropper although the Lesser Whitethroat was still active, vying with a Blackcap for noise level.
Maybe a walk back towards Wiveton would be fruitful. Would you believe it ! On Easter Sunday, a large sludge gulper lorry came along wanting to enter the gates. Plenty of room for a car to do so. We drove as far as the ford at Glandford, parking to listen. Pam heard a Gropper. A man on the bridge was tape luring. As he approached, Pam asked him if he had been. Answer affirmative. Next question. 'Aren't you the two ladies I birded with in South Africa and had a cuppa with on Scilly'. Yes we are. He and his mate were our constant companions on that trip, sharing the same silly sense of humour. Their wives are not birders. Lovely to see him again, up from Hampshire for the weekend.
Re-tracing our journey, a Grasshopper Warbler reeling. At last. Wiveton side of the sewage farm. At least I haven't totally lost the ability to hear that level of song.