Saturday 31st May 2014.
A trip to Norfolk and later Cambridgeshire with Paul and Brendan. Again a late start as I had to take my better half to work. We left about 07:20 and progress was fairly slow due to Tankers (correct spelling!) and Tractors. We started the Norfolk leg of our trip with our usual dip of Golden Pheasant at Wolfreton. Next stop was a Monties site but again nothing doing here. So although the Black-headed Bunting was only reported as showing every 3 or 4 hours , we decided to give it a go. So off we headed to the disused pig farm at West Runton. We joined about 15 other birders and waited patiently, after about an hour and three quarters a birder we had seen at the Monties site called the Black-headed Bunting. It offered reasonable scope views but then flew towards us for a really good view. Then up and off it went and appeared to land in the back gardens of some nearby houses. A Red-necked Phalarope had been reported in Cambridgeshire, so as it was kind of on our way home we put the village of Coates into the sat-nav. We had some difficulty finding the right site but a helpful local and RSPB warden soon put us in the right spot. The Red-necked Phalarope was soon found but unfortunately for a bird of it's size very distant. An added bonus here were 2 Common Crane. We stayed here for quite a while hoping to catch a glimpse of a Bittern we could here booming but no luck.
As usual we kept a day list which was a total of 75 species; Kestrel, Red-legged Partridge, Jackdaw, Rook, Starling, House Martin, House Sparrow, Carrion Crow, Magpie, Wood Pigeon, Mallard, Chaffinch, Swallow, Pheasant, Pied Wagtail, Collared Dove, Swift, Blackcap, Goldcrest, Lapwing, Blackbird, Goldfinch, Mute Swan, Black-headed Gull, Mistle Thrush, Robin, Dunnock, Chiffchaff, Jay, Wren, Song Thrush, Yellowhammer, Moorhen, Buzzard, Skylark, Grey Partridge, Common Gull, Linnet, Whitethroat, Stock Dove, Sand Martin, Greenfinch, Herring Gull, Cormorant, Black-headed Bunting, Lesser black-backed Gull, Reed Bunting, Cuckoo, Coot, Cetti's Warbler, Greylag Goose, Snipe, Tufted Duck, Great-crested Grebe, Red Kite, Barn Owl, Shelduck, Redshank, Ringed Plover, Grey Plover, Black-tailed Godwit, Gadwall, Wigeon, Red-necked Phalarope, Common Crane, Little Egret, Grey Heron, Reed Warbler, Sedge Warbler, Dunlin, Shoveler, Common Tern, Canada Goose, Oystercatcher, Bittern (booming). Paul F's Black-head Bunting pic below.