Monday, July 03, 2006

East Anglia Holiday - Day 1

This and the following few posts describe a highly planned and much anticipated birding and walking holiday in East Anglia, in June, supposedly the quietest month of the year for birding.

We were headed on to our first overnight accommodation at the Terroir restaurant at Cley-next-the-Sea ( and had planned a couple of stops. First to Weeting Heath ( where we saw Stone Curlews a remarkably patterned bird, unfortunately we couldn’t locate any Spotted Flycatchers. We joined Norfolk Wildlife Trust on the spot (£34 joint adult) as we’ll be spending a lot of time in Norfolk over the coming months and years! From there we headed over to Lakenheath Fen (, a new RSPB reserve which is frankly a beautiful reserve complemented by bright sunshine and a light breeze:

Here we saw our first Reed Warbler, Hobby and Green Woodpecker (the latter the first since we started counting). Short on time but very satisfied with the start of the holiday we carried on up to Cley for dinner, which was excellent (the whole weekend package was good value and the hosts friendly, and their wine selection very good) but not quite as filling/fattening as billed. 3 miles walked.

Reed Warbler:

Green Woodpecker:


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