A total of 124 SPECIES were recorded.

It was a very successful day enjoyed by at least 58 people.    Many thanks to all who took part.

The activities on the day took several forms.  There was a traditional bird race where teams of 2,3 or 4 people raced around the Cley Square to see who could see the most species.  For the less energetic we asked that people visit whatever areas they could and recorded all birds (and mammals) that they saw and, where possible, getting counts.

The day was mainly dry and sunny with temperatures around 7-11°C but a strong force 5-6 south-westerly wind with gusts up to 49mph (force 9) in the afternoon made hard work and finding some passerines very difficult.

The Race

8 teams, 25 people took part and the results were:

1. Happy Birders (Lin Pateman, Phil Borley, Mark Clements)                                 92 species
2. NENBC Grashers (Janice Darch, Phil Hall, Andy Clark, Steve Chapman)             85 species
3. Duck, Duck, Goose (Ben Clark, Sally Clark, Ptolemy McKinnon)                        81 species
    Men in Black minus One (Richard Webb, Graham Fellows)                         
5. Hot Birders (Penny Clark, Eddie Myers)                                                          79 species
    The Light Brigade (Chris Abrams, Rob Harris, Malcolm Green, Tim Baldwin)      
7. The Norvicensians (Tim Hill, John Fisher, Glen Richardson, Ben Parker-Wright)  76 species  
8. Briston & Cley Bulldogs (Mike Harcup, Ian & Sue Griffin)                                  75 species

The rest

Another 28 people took part in ‘Casual Birding’ with contributions from counting their garden birds to walking Blakeney Point plus at least 5 more people that threw in a few species seen during the day.  The following reports give details of all birds recorded on the day and can be downloaded by clicking on the titles:

The Reports

The species list gives all 124 species recorded in the Square on the day.

Sighting details - this shows all species seen or heard with details of numbers and locations where we have them. Where a species was seen by racing teams as well as others and the location was not given the team names have been omitted from the list. If there is any information you would like to add to or change in this document such as errors, counts or where you saw a species that is recorded as ‘Cley 10Km Square’ please send details to and we will update it.

Key to Observers - lists people taking part as shown by initials on the Sightings details report.

What the list doesn’t show

Although most expected species were recorded there were 18 species including Hen Harrier, Barn Owl, Merlin, Treecreeper, Fieldfare and Redwing that were only recorded by one person or team.

Comparisons with last year:

Recorded in 2019 but not this year (7 species):
Velvet Scoter, Slavonian Grebe, Great White Egret, Kittiwake, Glaucous Gull, Tree Sparrow, Twite. (NB. Slavonian Grebe and Red Kite were late entries to last year’s list making it 118)

Recorded this year but not 2019 (13 species):
Tundra Bean Goose, White-fronted Goose, Pochard, Tufted Duck, Eider, Shag, Coot, Sanderling, Mediterranean Gull, Caspian Gull, Yellow-legged Gull, Razorbill, Fieldfare.

If anyone would like to hypothesize on why this occurred, e.g. weather, climate etc. you are welcome to write an article which we can post on this website!!


In addition to birds the following mammals were reported:
Grey Squirrel
Common Rat
Brown Hare
Red Deer
Roe Deer
+ numerous Mole hills.

If you find any errors on this page or that any of the links don't work for you, please email so we can correct it.

Information and results from the January 2019 and June 2019 Big Bird Days can now be found on the Articles page. and also in Newsletters 113 and 114.