At the place indicated by my informant, there was nothing to be seen, so I walked on another half a mile or so, scanning the likely looking areas. There were lots of Skylarks and a few Meadow Pipits singing, making it seem springlike.
I headed back to the original spot and was joined by a few more birders and toggers, and had only been there a few minutes before someone called and there was a lovely male Lapland Bunting, already acquiring its breeding plumage. It was soon joined by a female and another male, with less well developed plumage. What stunning birds and a lifer for me too. Someone had been putting food down for them and so they fed in plain sight and quite close for several minutes, before hopping back into the more heavily vegetated areas. While they fed in the open, they were harassed by an equally stunning and very bolshy Reed Bunting.
Back at Cley, I did a tour of the hides, but apart from a lot Black-tailed Godwits, a few of which were looking very colourful as their breeding plumage was quite advanced, the only other species of note were a few Ruff and an apparently larger flock of Avocets than normal for Cley. They certainly made a fine sight.
The light was going by now, as the cloud thickenned and the forecast rain was approaching, so I packed up and made my way back to Cromer.
The day before, I had visited the Great Wood at Felbrigg Hall, getting a few woodland species, including Marsh Tit for my trip list. Amongst the fungi seen were these Xylaria carpophila, on old beech mast.