Wednesday, 22 April 2015

More Migrants

Wednesday April 22

We had an early appointment in Cromer. Going on to bird in Cley was an obvious decision. 
A couple of Wheatears at Salthouse, one Spoonbill and all three hirundine from Iron Road and after a very quick look for the Gropper, the cafe at Cley Centre was open, so that Pam could have a coffee and a scone.
Steve and Greg arrived which delayed our departure. Fortune this time. The Grasshopper Warbler was singing occasionally, and showed briefly, in the bushes opposite the Centre entrance.Bob and Richard the Hat were part of the group.
Two more Wheatears at the Eye Field before driving Glandford road again. Just past the sewage works, our first Whitethroat sang well and gave us frequent but brief views. Alerted by a passing birder, we scanned the wires en route to the ford, without success. For the first time ever we saw not just one but two vehicles drive through the river. One was a DHL delivery van, the other a more likely Land Rover and trailer.
Better luck on the way back, our first Cuckoo was perched on a telegraph wire. We didn't see the second and there were no calls. Shame, I like to hear that.
A short walk on Kelling Heath yielded nothing. I was cold and in need of food. Time for home. We're moth-ing at Cley to-morrow....!!

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