Tom G. kindly sent the following report concerning the walk which he organised:
Bird-walk to Blakeney Point and back
Monday 17th August – A successful early morning ‘outing’ for eleven CRAB rowers current denied trips by boat. Once Tom Green had given us a quick briefing on what to expect from a tour of the Harbour on foot, he led us at a steady pace down the centre of the Harbour which was wonderfully devoid of any sight of human activity apart from two other walkers and a solitary ‘bait-digger’
Having passed on the rather depressing fact that mid-August is NOT summer, but Autumn, Tom explained that the first migrants from the Arctic which pass through the Harbour in mid-July, are already heading south to their winter quarters, Tom pointed out a high stepping Spoonbill near the mouth of the ‘Cut’. As we continued west more and more wading birds were seen on the edges of the channels and across the sandy expanse towards the Pit. Among the expected Redshank and Curlew there must have been around 300 Oystercatchers, a dozen or so Black-tailed Godwits and small groups of Turnstones. Perhaps the best sighting was the flock of 35 Grey Plovers resting on the sand beyond the Sailing Club craft, ‘Lapwing’
Walking past the Pit gave us the clue as to where the shallows are, and we avoided most of the mud by walking up the channel bed of Pinches Creek. We took a brief break for refreshment before heading for the dunes, the beach and back to the Watch House where we headed for ‘home’ across the estuary. Fewer birds were encountered on the return from the Point, but the dunes and shingle contained a great range of interesting flowers to get acquainted with, ranging from Horned Poppy to Sea Lavender.
Turnstones resting on deck. One species to look out for when rowing.