Wednesday, 9 May 2018

Brecks day out in the sunshine: Hobbies, Stone Curlews and lots more!

A really early pick-up by Brian saw Linda, Norman, Brian and me at Weeting Heath before the heat haze was too horrendous. Five or so Stone Curlews mooched about on the distant ridge, with two Buzzards watching from the tree-line.

Lakenheath Fen produced the expected Hobbies (40+) as well as Hairy Hawkers, Variable DFs and Four-spotted Chasers. We heard lots of Bitterns, but none obliged us with a fly-by!

Next stop (after lunch at Brown's!) was the clearing at the back of Grimes Graves, where we had very close encounters (but no photos!) of  Tree Pipits and Woodlarks: several Willow Warblers looked down from the tree-tops.

Finally we walked the circuit at Santon Downham, where the best we managed was a very close Buzzard and a bees' nest in exactly the same tree as last year!

And finally: while looking for a Gropper at Lakenheath I saw this little Acro. (Last image) Probably just a worn Sedge, but I thought it looked pretty good for a Paddyfield Warbler..


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