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Thursday, 7 July 2022

A day in the Brecks: finally - a Goldcrest!

Brian, Norman and I took a trip down to the Brecks, avoiding the A11 which seems perpetually gridlocked. First stop was Lynford Arboretum where - after a lot of searching - I finally added Goldcrest to the year list! After coffee we moved on to Santon Downham, hoping to unblock Tree Pipit. The presence of a gang of unsilenced off-road trail bikers put paid to that, although we did see Kingfisher, Stonechat and an obliging Pied Wagtail on the bridge.

Since N & B hadn't yet seen the Stone Curlews at Weeting Heath, that was our next stop: two adults and two young were very obliging, if somewhat distant. With no better ideas of where to finish the day, we carried on to Lakenheath. A very enjoyable walk round added a pair of Great White Egrets, Bittern, two Red Kites and numerous Marsh Harriers to the day's tally: the 'washes' held a good flock of Avocets and two Ruff, while overhead several C-130s and a brand new KC-46 tanker carried out circuits of Mildenhall.

The last photo is the Bittern, taken by Norman: shows what results you can get if you have the right camera settings!

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