short eared owl - Thorpe Marshes

short eared owl - Thorpe Marshes

Friday, 4 May 2012

The Patch & Surlingham evening visit......

The weather was so good on Thursday after such a run of awfull weather so i decided today would be a rewarding day for some birdwatching! So i started off at the patch and i had only stepped out of the van a few seconds when i looked up to see a Peregrine going over thunder lane towards the city.At the water I had 2 x Common Sandpipers on the Broad spit and a couple of Great Crested Grebes . 5x Common Whitethroats,1x Grasshopper reeling and 5x Cettis Warblers were picked up along the way round. Migration was really happening here with large amount of Blackcaps and Sedge Warblers too. I got back home to bath the little one and nipped back out to Surlingham Marshes for around 7 pm. I had only walked down a few yards along the river to hear a Cuckoo! I quickly got on it as it called from near by tree top.
Cuckoo!

I continued on and heard plenty of Blackcaps and a couple of Cettis as i arrived at the Lagoon.A few  Gadwall and  Teal were present with a lonely lapwing.Over head was a soaring Common Buzzard. i then scanned out again to see the Cuckoo which now come closer and then saw a Hen Harrier (ringtail) go over towards Rockland. As i got round to the start i decided to go round again as it was such a gorgeous evening.As the sun set a Grasshopper Warbler begun to reel .Perfect end to a great bit of birding!

Surlingham sunset

 Happy birding,
  Shaky

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