Reports of a very early male Garganey at Cley yesterday, encouraged by an EM photo of it asleep on Pat's late last night, we made an early start for Cley. Toss up. Pat's Pool where it was last reported or Simmonds where it first appeared?
Despite the grey cloud cover and a very cold wind, we sat in Pat's Pool Hide for well over an hour, thoroughly enjoying the spectacle of hundreds of Lapwing, even more Golden Plover, 9 Avocets, a dozen Black-tailed Godwits, Teal, Wigeon and Gadwall. At erratic intervals, with no apparent reason, the flocks would rise into the air, swirl about and land again.
Where they landed and the variety and number of birds changed but, not the species. A Grey Heron landed to join the ever present Little Egret, this became a Mexican standoff as they neared each other.
Time to move our solid limbs, no sign of Garganey here. Should we go on to Simmonds? Cold and hunger took precedence. Brunch at Cley Centre would mean information if the Garganey was re-found - the breakfast food at Bacton is better.
Lovely cooked breakfast. Shame the Garganey was on Simmonds after all ! Serves us right.