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Friday, 17 July 2009

AMERICAN GOLDEN PLOVER in NORTH NORFOLK - a fabulous selection of images obtained by John Miller

A spanking summer-plumaged adult AMERICAN GOLDEN PLOVER at Cley NWT Reserve (North Norfolk).
Initially located on Pat's Pool mid-afternoon on 16 July, this bird quickly flew to North Scrape before moving west into Blakeney Harbour. It was watched distantly feeding on the mudflats of low tide and remained present until mid-evening.
This morning it was relocated on Arnold's Marsh and by 0900 hours, it had moved slightly further east to Pope's Marsh and the west end of the Sea Pool. At the latter location, it afforded some outstanding views, and was constantly kept under observation by a constant trickle of admirers. At about 1530 hours, two European Golden Plover flew over and the lost waif flew up to join them and continued west towards Blakeney Harbour.