First of all thanks to Steve and Steve for organising the day out in Norfolk, the first one of these trips that I have been on.

It was great to meet some new people as well as some that I already knew.

So, an earlyish start at Wells-Next-The-Sea, kicking off with a brew courtesy of Steve and his lovely caravan followed by a quick trip into the woods.  Sadly, due to some very inconsiderate dog owners there wasn’t too much to be seen, a few whitethroats and lesser whitethroats being the highlight.  That is of course unless you count a small deer tearing through the woods with an old and knackered Golden Retreiver giving chase whilst barking it’s head off, owners nowhere to be seen. 

We did see a nice kestrel who was posing for us on a dead tree branch.

Kestrel

Eventually though we got to the harbour area and started seeing plenty of waders and gulls.  Firstly it was mostly Common Terns who were fishing around the boats at the waters edge.

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As we strolled along we met lots of people who were asking about the Starling that had been seen there recently, we didn’t see it though.

We did see some Turnstones and Oystercatchers and then amongst the various gulls some Little Gulls and A solitary Mediterranean gull were found.  I managed to get a picture of the Mediterranean Gull next to a Black Headed Gull for comparison.

Mediterranean Gull Mediterranean Gull and Black Headed Gull