iPhone record shot of the distant and elusive Squacco Heron at Cley today – a Norfolk ‘tick’
I’ve been out on the bike a couple of times recently – first time since I hung it on the garage wall after our previous leg of the NCN 1, from Yorkshire to Norfolk, last summer! Next week we’re completing the route south to Dover. The good thing about cycling in the countryside is that you get to cover a lot of ground whilst still remaining connected to nature. I’ve been encouraged by the number of Whitethroat, Yellowhammer and Greenfinch I’ve seen or heard in the local hedgerows. And at Sustead Common – on the Roadside Nature Reserve – I saw a Common Spotted Orchid from the bike. We were just on our way back to the cottage this morning when I got a text announcing that there was a Squacco Heron at Cley NWT. Apart from being a lovely looking bird, this would be a Norfolk ‘first’ for me. We headed straight down to West Bank where the bird showed very briefly before walking off into the reeds. It was another half hour or so before it walked back out of cover again. This afternoon we watched the female Peregrine cruising over the east Cromer skyline from Cliff Avenue. It’s been quite an interesting week for them – on Wednesday, whilst we were on watch-point duties, we watched the adults reacted to the arrival of a young female ‘intruder’. They weren’t exactly welcoming and friendly – the chicks though appeared to take it all in their stride!
The kids are growing up fast
Seen from the bike, a Common Spotted Orchid – Sustead Common RNR. Sorry for the fuzziness but you get the idea!