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Wednesday, 17 August 2016

The Brecks with Brian and Norman

With nothing much to chase in Norfolk, the 'Summer Wine Crew' headed south to Suffolk. Starting at Lakenheath Fen, the first birdy moment came with a count of 46 (at least!) Little Egrets on the Washes. It's only thirty years ago that I drove away from a dinner party to see my first Little Egret at the Ouse Washes: how things have changed!

A dark-phase Honey Buzzard was a pleasant surprise, flying westwards over the reserve at some range, while a green-tagged Marsh Harrier (LV) and several Common Buzzards added interest.

Joist Fen was a good place to stop for a snack, and a Kingfisher thought so too: he perched on a stick for a good ten minutes.

A move to Cavenham Heath revealed that the grass was nearly waist deep: nevertheless, a delightful pair of Glaswegians (David & Pauline) managed to find a couple of Stone Curlews for us.

Last stop was Lackford: here we added more Buzzards and some decent butterflies to the day total, as well as a welcome cup of coffee, courtesy of Norman.

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