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Tuesday 21 May 2024

Turtle Doves and Woodlarks on a Norfolk Heath

The 'Summer Wine Crew' headed north through the early morning tractor traffic, arriving at Cley at around 8.00am. Visits to the Coastguards, middle hides and Bishop's were pretty unproductive: just a pair of Little Ringed Plovers and some Bearded Tits. After coffee we headed inland to a traditional site for Turtle Doves where, after a false start, heard two birds purring deep in cover with a third right by the road in full view! A Woodlark collecting grasshoppers was good to see, but only Norman managed a Dartford Warbler.

On the way home we stopped at Hickling in hope of a Swallowtail, but it had grown quite cool and there were no butterflies of any sort on the wing. We did see lots of Chiffchaffs, a Cuckoo and a couple of distant drake Garganey.

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