Friday, 27 April 2012

Breckland

Sunday saw the Bedford RSPB group off to the Brecks of Norfolk and Suffolk.

First stop was RSPB Lakenheath.
Looking out over the Washland a drake Garganey was soon spotted as well as a spectacular male Blue-winged Teal/Shoveler hybrid.A few Teal, Gadwall, Shoveler, Mallard and Tufted Ducks were also present as well as a couple of Common Terns and my first Whitethroat of the year sang from nearby bushes.
 A walk down to the Fen Watchpoint gave us views of several Marsh Harriers, Buzzard, Sparrowhawk, Kestrel, 3 Cuckoos a Cettis and several Sedge and Reed Warblers.
 Bearded Tits were the main attraction from the watchpoint along with close-by 'skydancing'  Marsh Harriers.
 A Whooper Swan that looks as though it will be staying with us this summer as it has a badly damaged wing, was the highlight of the walk back down the riverside.

 Next was a visit to Mayday Farm which wasn't quite a productive as on past visits but several Siskins and Bramblings were seen  and Coal Tits called but remained unseen. Best birds however were a couple of Woodlark that gave very brief views.

 Lastly a visit to the Weeting Heath Reserve gave us 3 Stone Curlews through the hail showers.
 On the feeders several Marsh Tits, Coal Tits and a Great spotted Woodpecker showed well.
The fields over the road were well worth a look as a Curlew, a pair of Red-legged Partridge, at least 3 Green Woodpeckers and a couple of Red Deer were sighted.

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