Holiday birding

Setting off from my mum’s house in London and leaving the sound of screeching Parakeets behind, we headed off to Norfolk for the week. Wife, daughter and friend were going direct from Chiseldon so the option of some en-route birdwatching was on. Fortunately the rain stopped and when we arrived at the RSPB Lakenheath reserve the Heading onto the reserve a Cuckoo was heard along with plenty of Reed and Sedge Warblers. Walking past the Black Poplar plantations we could hear Golden Oriole calling but as was the case last year it was not to be seen. good views were had of Bearded Tit and on reaching the main viewpoint a Bittern was heard Booming. Marsh harriers were plentiful with at least ten counted in view at one time. Water Rail were squealing away in the reeds and a Cetti’s Warbler was heard close by. Walking back along the raised path by the river we had superb views of Common Tern, Swift, Hobby, Cuckoo and Bittern. The Oriole was heard again but still not seen. We headed off towards our holiday site at Caister just outside Great Yarmouth and after unloading the cars and having a cup of tea we headed off along the beach. I knew Little Tern nested on the beach at Yarmouth but hadn’t realised that there was also a colony at Caister. Great views were had of at least a dozen birds in the fenced off (electric fence!) area. Also in the same area were several Ringed Plover. An excellent start to the week. Forecast for tomorrow is rain, rain and yet more rain so maybe no chance of a visit to Winterton Dunes NNR where Red-backed and Woodchat Shrike were both seen today.


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