Monday 24th August Snettisham and Great Ryburgh A superb autumn days birding saw us depart East Barsham at 0700 for the visit to Snettisham for the high tide. We enjoyed a spectacular display over the next few hours, with thousands of shorebirds gathering on the beaches and in front of the hides. Two Lesser Whitethroats, six Common Whitethroats, three Bullfinches, four Yellow Wagtails and nine Grey Partridges were the forerunner to a list which included twenty species of waders. Dunlin and Sanderling were gathering in huge numbers, with adults and juveniles giving nice close comparisons. Ringed Plover, Red Knot, Bar-tailed and Black-tailed Godwits, Eurasian Curlew, Common Redshank and European Oystercatcher were also present in huge numbers. Five Eurasian Golden Plovers, two Grey Plovers, Green Sandpiper, six Common Sandpiper, two juvenile CURLEW SANDPIPER, five Spotted Redshank and eleven Common Greenshank were also seen. The highlight however was a superb adult PECTORAL SANDPIPER which we found roosting on the beach with Dunlin and despite the birds flighty nature we enjoyed excellent views. Eurasian Wigeon, Egyptian Goose, Marsh Harrier, Little Egret, Eurasian Sparrowhawk and Common Shelduck were among other species noted during the day. After lunch, we spent a couple of hours at the watchpoint at Great Ryburgh, and although the Honey Buzzard failed to show we had six Common Buzzard, four Eurasian Hobby, Eurasian Sparrowhawk and an escaped Harris Hawk. Tuesday 25th August Broadland We headed down to the Norfolk Broads today with the British Sugar lagoons at Cantley being our first destination. A Common Kingfisher was seen a couple of times on the walk down, along with two Common Greenshanks and small numbers of Common Pochard and Northern Shoveler. Disappointingly, the main lagoon was heavily vegetated and this meant numbers of waders was low, though hundreds of Common Teal were making the most of the situation. At the east end of the pool, we located a drake FERRUGINOUS DUCK of unknown origin feeding with Tufted Ducks and a few Common Shelducks, and obtained very good views of the bird in the open. On the other pool, about eight Black-tailed Godwits and a few Ruff were seen, with both Sedge and Eurasian Reed Warbler in the reeds and three Bearded Tits feeding on the mud which was a bonus. A Green Sandpiper, Common Chiffchaff and close flyover Yellow Wagtail completed the morning here. Moving on to Breydon Water for high tide, large numbers of shorebirds were observed roosting at the east end. This included about five hundred Pied Avocets, and similar numbers of both Black-tailed Godwit and Eurasian Curlew. An adult MEDITERRANEAN GULL was loafing with other gulls, and thirteen Little Egrets were roosting. Other species noted included Grey Plover, European Golden Plover, Dunlin, Whimbrel, eight Common Greenshanks, Spotted Redshank and a juvenile CURLEW SANDPIPER. After lunch, we headed across to Potter Heigham and walked out to the Weaver's Way path to view the south side of Hickling Broad and Rush Hills scrape. Good numbers of birds included about sixty Ruff, two Common Greenshanks, adult CURLEW SANDPIPER, two Ringed Plovers, three Bearded Tits, Marsh Harrier, three hundred Common Teal, seven Common Snipe and a superb Eurasian Hobby, which swept through and nabbed one of the Ringed Plovers! A GREAT BITTERN floated past in front of us, completing an excellent afternoon. Wednesday 26th August Kelling and Cley Another good early autumn day started at the excellent Kelling Water Meadows where after fifteen minutes we were watching a juvenile RED-BACKED SHRIKE feeding on bumblebees in the paddock by Moss’s Pool. Also along the lane were two Common Chiffchaff and Common Whitethroat but it was the pool itself which produced the highlight with brilliant close range views of a variety of waders. Four Common Greenshanks and two Spotted Redshanks were feeding in the deeper water, though a superb WOOD SANDPIPER side by side with a Green Sandpiper was a real treat. Black-tailed Godwit, Common Redshank, Ringed Plover and a juvenile Little- ringed Plover were also noted. We spent the rest of the day around Cley reserve, visiting North Scrape, Arnold’s Marsh and the central hides. Large numbers of waders included approximate totals of two hundred Dunlin, three hundred Black- tailed Godwits, two Little Ringed Plovers, Grey Plover, Bar-tailed Godwit, four Red Knot, three juvenile CURLEW SANDPIPERS, Common Sandpiper, three Green Sandpipers, WOOD SANDPIPER, seven Spotted Redshanks, five Common Greenshanks and seventy Ruff. Other species noted around the reserve included Reed Bunting, Bearded Tit, Sandwich Tern, Yellow-legged Gull and two Eurasian Sparrowhawks including a female that flew within a few feet of us by the East Bank. Thursday 27th August Warham Greens, Stiffkey Fen, Wells Woods and Titchwell A quieter day today with the south-westerly wind persisting. We took a walk along the coastal footpath at Warham Greens, and although initially very quiet we notched a Eurasian Hobby, Little Egret, Marsh Harrier, Common Swift, six Common Whitethroats and two Common Greenshanks by the time we reached the whirligig. In the sueda on the seaward side of the main scrub, many common warblers were feeding and our final Common Whitethroat tally was twenty-two. Three Lesser Whitethroat also showed well, and five Blackcap were noted. At nearby Stiffkey Fen, a Cetti’s Warbler was calling from the willows and both Lesser Whitethroat and European Reed Warbler were noted, the latter mobbing an obliging Stoat! Common Kingfisher dashed by and on the pool, good numbers of moulting wildfowl included two Northern Pintail. Fifty Black-tailed Godwits, eight Common Greenshanks, three Common and one Green Sandpiper, ten Ruff and two Common Snipe were also seen here. Before lunch, we took a wander around Wells Woods in the hope of picking up an interesting passerine but as things warmed up it became very quiet indeed. Two Common Treecreeper, Common Whitethroat and Common Chiffchaff were about the highlight birdwise, and we then headed back to base for an afternoon break in preparation for our visit to Titchwell this evening. As management work is currently being carried out on the reserve during working hours, an evening visit is essential at the moment to get the most from the site. On the Thornham marsh, two new species for our trip list came in the form of two juvenile Ruddy Duck and a female RED CRESTED POCHARD, while Little Grebe and Eurasian Sparrowhawk were also noted. From the hide, large numbers of waders included four hundred Dunlin, fifty Ringed Plover, Green Sandpiper, Common Sandpiper, thirty Black-tailed Godwit, fifteen Ruff, two Pied Avocet, two Common Snipe and a Eurasian Curlew. Two Bearded Tits, Marsh Harrier and another Eurasian Sparrowhawk were also seen. Friday 28th August Cley We revisited the Cley area this morning though with the fresh westerly wind things were rather quiet. Between North Scrape, Pat’s Pool and Arnold’s Marsh we noted a juvenile CURLEW SANDPIPER, three hundred Dunlin, one hundred Black-tailed Godwits, Ruddy Turnstone, thirty Ringed Plover, two juvenile Little Ringed Plover, two Green Sandpipers, eleven Spotted Redshanks and five Common Greenshanks. Around fifty Sandwich Terns were on Arnold’s Marsh and we also noted Eurasian Wigeon, Northern Gannet and Northern Fulmar during the morning. We returned to East Barsham after lunch where the tour concluded to allow for the onward journey home.