Weeting Heath -5.45
Lakenheath- 7 am
In the car park we got gassin to some birders about the dip we had at Weeting heath . They began to tell us that they had picked the Stone Curlews up at first light from a different place not far away. So after a few noted directions we began to press on .Straight away a shout went out "Bittern flying"! We all got on it. ( another superb bird to get under yeh belt first thing in the day).That Bittern put us on number (24) for the day list.As we made our way up to the bank, we saw Whitethroat , Sedge & Reed Warblers and Reed Bunting over the reedbeds . We scanned out across the water and picked up Great Crested Grebe, Little Egret, Shoveler, Grey Heron ,Coot, Gadwell ,Tufted Duck, Moorhen, Garganey, Mistle Thrush , Common Buzzard , Wren, Swallow and a Common Tern along the river.A shout of "Cuckoo" from Steve as it past by us low and close was a nice spot. A nice male which flew off to the woods and called out its famous call for all to hear. We were then drawn towards the reedbeds on the left ,of a familiar reeling song.We all knew what it was but were we lucky enough to see it? After some good team work we began to track down the exact area it was in. I finally spotted it on a reed out in the open and then quickly flying into a nearby bush. I called the others over and we all got a good butchers of it, shaking its whole body as it produced that fantastic song. Grasshopper Warbler was our (44) bird of the day & bloody good one at that!
|Popular Trees- home to the Golden Oriole|
Foxhole Heath- 10.45
We pulled in and quickly scanned for Stone Curlews. No sign but did get Skylark and 2x WoodlLark.
Lackford Lakes- 11.00
We headed straight to the area where the Tree Sparrows are known to `hang out`. We checked the feeders and then in the bushes i spotted 2x Tree Sparrows and got the others on it. Pheasant was easily picked up and then Meadow Pipit in a tree. Yorkie then picked out a House Martin & i spotted a Turtle Dove (60)
along the wires over the fields. Lovely bird and only the second time i've seen one and first time perched, so i made sure i took a few moments to enjoy this cracking view along with the others.
After following the directions we arrived at the Heath. Good Stone Curlew territory. We all scanned around and after about 20 minutes Yorkie picked up a Stone Curlew out in the open. My only other view of this splendid bird was at Weeting Heath last year on a blazing hot day which made for bad views with the heat haze so this was a real treat. As i scanned across to digi scope a picture i spotted a Green Woodpecker (62)just making its way along the ground . Another cracking view too and nice for me & Steve to get it as Yorkie had already picked one up earlier at Weeting Heath. We got back on the road to try for the Lesser Spotted Woodpecker.
We parked up & poured ourselves a nice cuppa coffee and tucked into some of Steve's cracking Baguettes( this time a Beef and salad- good choice Steve!) and spoke about where we needed to go . As we made our way to the bridge we saw a Spotted Flycatcher . A cracking bird that i had not expected to get today so a real bonus bird.It was typical Flycatcher, flying off and returning to the branch and sitting out in the open. Super!
As we got to the chosen area a fantastic Hobby went overhead with the sun hitting it as it went. Absolutely super ! A good bird to see again. We got to the tree and found the small hole .Set up & waited patiently. Well we think it must have been sitting on eggs as we saw no sign of either male or female . The only bit of excitement was when Steve saw a Great Tit fly into a hole next to the Lesser`s hole. We had given it 45 minutes and decided to walk back. As we did we got a couple more Marsh Tits and a Wren as the rain came.We got back to the car a bit wet and headed for the North Norfolk coast. On route we got Jay, Green Finch, House Sparrow and Grey Partridge giving us a totall of (73) birds. We popped in to see if we could get the Montagu`s Harrier but no joy but did get nice views of displaying Common Buzzards and a Sparrowhawk (74)
Choseley Barns- 5.05 pm
We pulled up and checked the ground and wires but no sign of the bunting. Then we heard .... "a little bit of bread and no cheeseeeee` call from the tree opposite (that's from watching too much Bill Oddie!).A Yellow Hammer was sitting on top of it. After getting on it i looked backed at the wires further down the fields and saw something on em. Steve & Yorkie both agreed that it looked very much what we had come for but wanted a closer look to confirm it. Out come the scope and yes it was a Corn Bunting. As we all got a butchers in the scope it gave us a minute of its song, that jangling of keys ( that's enough of Mr Oddie ). We also got a Robin (77) on the gate as we drove off to Titchwell.
Titchwell- 5.50 pm
We parked up towards the far end of the car park as Steve said that this was a known spot for Lesser Whitethroat. We tucked into our final baguette of the day a cheese with tomato & a nice onion garnish (my particular favourite of the day) anyway back to the birds ! We waited no more then a couple minutes before we were treated to a couple of glimpses of a Lesser Whitethroat .From the car park we got Greater Black Backed Gull and views of common shrub birds. We made our way up to the main path and checked the reedbeds for possible Bearded Tits but as the lads said it was probably a bit too windy for em. We soon got Oystercatcher & Brent Geese (81) flying over along with more Swallows, House Martins but sadly no Sand Martins(after much looking). We then got our way into the Island Hide. On the water was Avocet, Black Tailed Godwits, 2x cracking Pintails, Pochard & 2x Teal . On the Scrape were Turnstone, Widgeon, Dunlin, Redshank ,Little Grebe, Lesser Black Backed Gull and a Common Sandpiper. The lads also got a Ruff but unfortunately i missed it and we were unable to pick it up again. Then the lads spotted a Little Stint between the two scrapes. A good spot and only the second time i`d seen one. Then i had a Sandpiper to the right of the hide ,resting up near the reeds. Yorkie got on it with Steve and identified it as a Green Sandpiper (95).
|Black Tailed Godwit|
|Temmincks Stint (229)|
|Little Ringed Plover|
Hunstanton Cliffs- 8.30 pm
We got down to the cliff tops and were given Feral Pigeon overhead and then a gorgeous Fulmar standing on the cliff top. There were at least 5 seen as the sunset -A nice bird to end the day on.As we drove home and chatted about the days birds the lads saw a Little Owl fly across em. Unfortunately i was sitting in the back and missed it.
|Hunstanton Cliffs- home to the Fulmar|
It was a really fantastic day with lots of good memories to remember. Thanks to Steve for driving (and providing the pukka Baguettes) & to Yorkie too.So hears to next years!
|The crew: Me, Yorkie & Steve|