27th October 2019 – Exclusive days Guiding Day One

We started the day at North Point, Wells. There was a goo selection of Teal and Wigeon, plus a group of 60 Curlew. Sev small skeins of Pink-feet passed overhead, and a nice covey of Grey Partridge dropped in front of us. Nearby Reed Bunting, Stonechat, Linnet, Yellowhammer & Goldfinch were all along the hedgerow.

We then walked out at Burnham Overy Staithe, lots more Pink-feet, plus some Dark-bellied Brents, the saltmarsh provided lots of shorebirds, Knot, Dunlin, Redshank, Ringed Plover, Grey Plover, Turnstone, Oystercatcher, and Curlew. Another group of Grey Partridge were seen and Bearded Tits were seen all too briefly! It was a lovely bright day and Red Kite, Buzzard, Sparrowhawk, Kestrel and Marsh harrier were all up and around.

The grazing marsh held a nice flock of c850 Golden Plover, along with smaller numbers of Lapwing. We eventually located 3 Great White Egrets, and many more Wigeon and Teal.

We then headed to Cley and the Eyefield held another nice group of Golden Plover, plus c200 Dark-bellied Brents. Out on the sea there was lots of Gannets close inshore, a Manx Shearwater passed West close in and plus several Guillemots, 3+ Red-throated Diver.

Late on from the East Bank, we caught up with a Little Auk drifting east close in offshore, plus 2 Eider flew West. As the sunset, 5 Marsh harriers were over the reserve and 50+ Pied Wagtails headed to the reedbed to roost.