Monday, 20 April 2015


Sun 19th April 2015
A days birding with Paul F. First stop was in the Brecks where we were hoping to see Stone Curlew. No luck to begin with just a few Wheatear. A slight change of location and at first one, then two and then six Stone Curlew showed well. Norfolk next and our first stop was Chalk Pit lane Choseley. No Dotterel here but a flock of 40 mainly summer plumage Golden Plover and a couple of Grey Partridge. We bumped into a couple of birders who we had last seen looking for Dotterel on North Uist, small world! At the barns themselves not too much going on here just a few Yellowhammer. About half a mile from the barns we stopped at a sharp bend in the road and viewed a ploughed field. 5 Wheatear and a Corn Bunting were feeding here. Ignoring the lure of nearby Titchwell we headed over to Kelling. At Kelling we joined a few other birders and had slightly frustrating views of a female Dotterel. Light, distance, camouflage made photo's impossible (for me anyway!). The nearby pool had a few species of interest; Swallow, Sand Martin, Black-tailed Godwit, Avocet, Yellow Wagtail, White Wagtail. A quick walk to view the sea and a pair of Stonechat were seen. Distantly from the shingle bank 5 Gannet. Cley was next where we parked in the beach car park. A few Wheatear in the fields and big flock of Linnet on our walk to the hide. From the hide nothing out of the ordinary, Pintail, Avocet's, Redshank etc. On our walk back to the car 2 Ringed Plover on the pool near the pill box. Time to head in the direction of home but with a stop off at Lakenheath. A decent enough stop it was too. We made our way to the Joist Fen viewpoint, on route a Bittern boomed a couple of times and a few Cetti's burst in to song. At the view point more Cetti's singing and a few Marsh Harriers also a Barn Owl which are always nice to see put in appearance. Then more by luck than judgement I found a Crane, very distant but showing reasonably well through my scope.
Getting late now so time to head back to the car. The Barn Owl showed well again and a Grasshopper Warbler started reeling but did not show itself. Then after 5 Little Egret had flown past. A Great White Egret flew from the river to the edge of the pool. Time now about 8 o'clock so time to head home.

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