Tuesday, 24 April 2018

A sky-full of Cuckoos!

I'd arranged to meet Brian at the Fen this morning, so (despite the threat of rain and a horrid summer cold) I was installed in Fen Hide by 7.30. As well as Brian, the usual crowd were there: Brian and Ann S and Kevin. The only thing missing was some birds!

Brian and I decided to take a walk and almost immediately came across the first of at least four Cuckoos in a riverside tree: another was perched on a gate in the meadow. A few Cetti's and Blackcaps were more or less it as we walked to Tower Hide, which was similarly unproductive until a pair of Common Terns flew in: the male got lucky for the price of a fish lunch!

The rest of the walk round added two further Cuckoos (we could hear three and see a fourth at the same time) but little else. I decided to carry on to Buckenham (bumping into Mike J) to look for Garganeys: none of those, but 20 Avocets and a dozen Ruff were noteworthy.

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