|The Holt Giant wood sculpture|
The search for orchids may have failed, but there were other exciting things we encountered on the way round. At a pond, we saw a heron land on top of one of the pine trees for a few moments and we heard what I believe is a firecrest. In the video below, listen out for a loud, fast, high pitched trill. We also heard the songs of yellowhammer, reed bunting, chiffchaffs, linnet, blackcaps, stock doves, buzzards, coal tits, goldcrests, long-tailed tits and even a tawny owl making a series of territorial 'kewick' calls. While searching a bank beside a path, I disturbed a slow-worm, which slithered and wiggled to saftey in a mound of decaying foliage.
|Spider-hunting Wasp Anoplius viaticus (I think)|
|Another wood sculpture|
|Lily of the Valley|
|Creeping Buttercup with beetles feeding on it|
|Broad-bordered Bee Hawkmoth|
After lunch, Mum and I made our way to Cley. We were a bit disappointed with our views from the hides, as there were very few birds to see. A handful of avocets, shelducks, black-tailed godwits, a pied wagtail, a marsh harrier carrying nesting material and a few ducks, that was about it. The low numbers of birds made the landscape they were in seem very vast and empty than usual.
|Greylags with goslings|
|Curlew Sandpiper and two Ringed Plovers|
Behind them and on the other side of a pool of water was a pectorial sandpiper. This bird is an American wader that has flown off course from across the Atlantic Ocean and has ended up here at Cley. Every year, a couple or more pectorial sandpipers turn up here, but will always fly back to the States after a quick refuel. They may not look exciting, but I guess the draw of seeing both these sandpipers is the long journeys they have made. Nature is always turning up new surprises.