I continued up to The Cley area, hoping to find the Whooper Swan - although I couldn't find it to begin with! 8 Ruff were actively feeding in the field the swan had been in, but there was little else of note.
A return W to look at the Brent flock was rewarded with 4 Pale-bellied birds, including one first year.
As usual, I couldn't resist more time with the Snow Bunting flock, where this well marked Common Gull was present.
A continued search for the swan had me walking down the Iron Road, to be greeted at the N end with 3 hunting Barn Owls. I watched perplexed as all three birds (two darker and one light) quartered back and forth, seemingly using me as centre point! An added bonus here was a male Merlin that shot through west. An Oystercatcher was on the Sea Pool, a bird I still haven't seen from the Route!
Two Great Black-backed Gull were at Salthouse and one of the Barn Owl flew over inland.
Finally the juv Whooper Swan was found in the field it was in y'day!! I seriously believe (hope?!?) it had been hiding in the reeds!
(See here: http://www.birdforum.net/attachment.php?attachmentid=243654&d=1266514472 for a much better pic by John Furse)
Two Barn Owls were seen at Guist on the Route home.
Norfolk Bird Info to:
Norfolk 364 BOU, 376 UK400, Year 158, Route 93, Sp 72, SM 78, SF 34