Sunday, 15 May 2011

Oh No Oriole!

Saturday 14th May 2011.
A day trip to Cley Marshes in Norfolk via RSPB Lakenheath with birding pal Paul F.
We arrived at Lakenheath about 07:30 and made our way towards the "second poplar wood." On route we noted; Cuckoo calling, 2 Grasshopper Warbler Reeling, Reed Warbler, Sedge Warbler, Reed Bunting and Whitethroat. On arrival at the "second poplar wood" we immediately heard a Golden Oriole singing quite close by. Our hopes were raised at the chances of seeing the Oriole, however, after nearly two and a half hours of intense seaching by myself, Paul and many other birders we were unable to connect with this elusive species. Whilst searching we did note the following; Marsh Harrier, Sparrowhawk and a booming Bittern.

NWT Cley Marshes.
A slowish start on the reserve produced the following; Avocet and chicks, Snipe, Common Sandpiper, Ringed Plover, Little Ringed Plover, Redshank, Shelduck, Marsh Harrier, Wood Sandpiper, House Martin, Sand Martin, Swift, Swallow, Curlew, Whimbrel, Godwit sp, Ruff, Turnstone, Dunlin, Spoonbill, Little Egret, Little Tern, Common Tern, poss Sandwich Tern, Meadow Pipit and Skylark. Then a nice finish to our day we noted on a pool looking west from the "East Bank" the following; 4 Wood Sandpiper, 2 Temminck's Stint and a Lesser Yellowlegs. Paul's pics to follow.
sh4rpy, Paul F.

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