Second Birdwatching Trip in Norfolk

Very good views of this confiding Snow Bunting

This year we are running two Norfolk October Houseparties back to back, so with our second group of guests we visited Cley Marshes NWT Reserve. The wind was howling and rain lashing down, but undeterred we headed out onto the beach and walked east.

We weren't the only ones there, this hardy Wheatear was perched on a fencepost near the beach car park watching us watching it.

Northern Wheatear on migration

We walked a little further along the beach when a small bird flew into a small patch of vegetation. We stood watching motionless as it scurried forwards on the ground like a small brown and white mouse, a Snow Bunting. Closer and closer it came, pulling seeds off the dried twigs and picking them up from amongst the shingle, clearly it was finding plenty of food here.

This confiding bird came right up to us, occasionally cocking its head to look up at us. It knew we were there but didn't seem at all bothered by us. We stood perfectly still and it hopped right under our tripod and carried on past us, constantly finding seeds to eat amongst the scrubby vegetation. What a wonderful encounter!

This Snow Bunting was completely oblivious to us!

More Norfolk birdwatching adventures to cime so do check back for more.

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