Cley Marshes is one of Britain's top birding spots and not too far from where we were staying. We spent one full afternoon there, and went back for an evening visit (where we just walked to the beach rather than going into the reserve) later in the week. Saw a LOT of stuff, here are edited highlights.
We paid our fiver each, and set off towards the three hides at the centre of the reserve, noting singing Cetti's and Whitethroat on the way. Once ensconsed in the first hide, we got to work scanning the lagoon viewable from here, which held many Avocets and Shelducks, a Little Ringed Plover and various ducks, with Swifts and hirundines skimming over the water.
We looked in at the other hides, with views overlapping that from the first, and then retraced our steps to the main road, from where we followed the side road to the beach. A raised path alongside the road gives great views across the marshes.
We walked along the beach, looked in at the new Swarovski hide (a huge brood of Shelducklings visible from here) and eventually reached the path back inland, past Arnold's Marsh.
Our second Cley visit was on the Thursday evening - we'd spent most of the daytime in Norwich. We just walked to the sea and back. Weather was hazy sunshine and windyness, and most of the photos were too dark/noisy to be any good, but here are a few.