Spotting the birds on the North Norfolk Coast
After a relaxing break at the beautiful seaside village of Stiffkey, Mr Leslie submitted a short passage documenting his stay. With a variety of birds to observe, from Hen Harriers to Black-tailed Godwits, Stiffkey proves to be a brilliant place for a spot of bird watching.
'Poppy Cottage lies at the centre the outstanding North Norfolk coast, possibly the best area for birdwatching in England. Just 400 yards from the front door, Brent Geese flock over Stiffkey saltings, as Curlew and Redshank call over the pools in late March. A stunning Barn Owl flew ahead of us, hunting and perching on a coast path sign whilst the flash of a cruising Harrier’s white rump showed it was the rare Hen Harrier before it jinked and swooped dramatically after prey below. Walking to the path Red Lion Wigeon whistled on flooded fields and we watched Black-tailed Godwits and Oystercatchers through the pub windows over bowls of streaming local mussels. At Cley we admired immaculate Avocets from the famous East bank and walked the shingle beach. Titchwell brought superb views of elusive Bearded Tits, more Avocets and a flock of Knot and Turnstone skirting the rising tide. A splashingly exciting Bean’s seal trip to the tip of Blakeney point gave us great viewing of idling Grey and Common Seals. Back on land, we bought Made in Cley’s beautiful pottery, Kippers from next doors smokehouse and browsed expensive telescopes at Cley Spy down the road at Glandford. There are stunning birds all the year round along the North Norfolk Coast and the Coastal Hopper bus stop literally at the cottage gate means you can walk the coast path out and bus it home.'
Mr Roderick Leslie
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Many thanks to Roderick Leslie for his review and his lovely photographs.