After a dull start, today looks unexpectedly good weather-wise and there is much debate about where we should spend our last full day in this lovely part of the world.

After much debate we plump for a visit to the Norfolk Wildlife Trust at Cley Marshes. It is quite a long way but the afternoon looks set fair for some sunny weather and our favourite route along the North Norfolk coast is as enjoyable as ever.

We detoured of the route slightly to visit a church that we have seen from a distance but not visited. It is the Church of St Mary the Virgin at Titchwell. The tower is one typical of this area – round, being easier to construct with the local flints and the majority of the church dates from the 11th century.


On any other day this photo of Burnham Overy would have taken the top spot.



Mill at Burnham Overy

We arrived at Cley (pronounced Cly to rhyme with spy) just after 2pm and after paying our £5 each to the pleasant lady at the NWT visitor centre (very impressive) set out to walk across the marshes on very well-maintained paths. There are three hides very near to one another but each one looking out onto different stretches of water and we hadn’t long taken up residence in one of them when a female Hen Harrier made several swoops across the area right in front of us. Peter had a field day with the long Sigma lens and managed to some magnificent photos, some of which we are showing here. Please click them to see the expanded view – well worth it for the detail!





Some more common birds looked glorious in the warm light:

Mostly Lapwing!

Mostly Lapwing!

Green Winged Teal

Green Winged Teal

One little wader that had us puzzled was this one:


We have come to the conclusion, after much research and debate, that it is a Greenshank.  It was on its own and was very noisy.


After some time it took to the water…


A lovely sunlit shot of a Lapwing and Dunlin:


Not content with seeing a Hen Harrier, this female Marsh Harrier made an appearance and was mobbed by a crow!


We went down to the shore and witnessed an amazing setting sun.


Tomorrow we leave Bramley House – our orchard home for a week – and say goodbye to Jan and Johnny, our friendly hosts.  We will be back!

Hope you’ve enjoyed the blog – see you again on another adventure with Bessie…