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Thursday 24 August 2017

Stone Curlews: back for a Breckland fill-up!

Following yesterday's dismal failure to connect with any Stonies at either of their traditional sites, I received an e-mail from Alan S, who confirmed that the birds at the Pig Farm were still present. Accordingly, Linda and I drove south west through the rush hour and roadworks, arriving on-site by 9.00am.

The Pigfields were absolutely barren, but in the distance we could see a couple of cars in a layby. Walking up, we found a trio of birders from NARVOS who were kind enough to point out the Stone Curlews - all 83 birds - on the other side of the road in a harvested cereal field.

Over the next hour Linda and I enjoyed fabulous views of these amazing birds at reasonable range (around 100 metres) both in flight and on the deck.

Back home via the coffee rooms and antique shops of Swaffham for an afternoon's gardening!


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