On my coastal outing mid-week it was noticeable that a great many people were still on holiday and that for some private schools it was half term. I do not resent people from enjoying our wonderful countryside, sometimes I just like to be on my own to relax and soak up nature. As I past Salthouse I noticed few cars along Beach Road so decided to stop and check for any migrant birds at Gramborough Hill.
The Norfolk coast from Weybourne in the east to Blakeney point is made up of a shingle ridge. This used to be maintained to protect the marshes from flooding. However in 2013 a storm surge flattened the ridge, extensive flooding occurred, and the shingle was left to shape itself naturally.
The car park was lost and so too were many of the shore pools. Only one remains, and as I approached I noticed two waders, a Redshank at the back feeding avidly, and on its own a small Dunlin (Calidris alpina). Normally these little shore birds will be in flocks, probing shallow pools for worms and invertebrates. I guess that today, like myself, this little fellow was just after a bit of peace and quiet.