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Saturday 28 May 2022

Stone Curlews, Bitterns and much more besides!

Linda, Sue, Peter and I took advantage of the sunny (if somewhat cool) weather to visit some sites in the south west of the county.

First stop was Weeting Heath, where a pair of Stone Curlews and their two chicks were showing well. Despite a good search, I failed to locate any of the Spotted Flycatchers that were reported in the woodland belt before we moved on to Lakenheath RSPB. As expected, lots of Hobbies were tazzing around: to these we added Bittern, Great White Egret and numerous Cuckoos during an enjoyable picnic lunch at the Joist Fen watchpoint.

The last hour or so was spent at Foulden Common, looking for rare Skippers. Despite an exhaustive search, we only managed to find Dingy Skipper and Small Heath among the many confusing day-flying moths.

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