The Brecks, 18th May 2022
My Brother in Law and a mate were coming down from North Yorkshire for a few days birding in the Norfolk area so it was a good chance to meet up for one of the days and show them some sites in the Brecks. First stop was Lakenheath and their first visit to the reserve in its present form. First up was some good views of a female Marsh Harrier at the first viewpoint.
Sedge and Reed Warblers were constantly calling and this Reed Warbler showed well.
A few Reed Bunting were also present.
As always the F15's were a constant presence!
We saw and heard quite a few Cuckoo's around the reserve, but the best I could get was this distant record shot.
At Joist Fen there were at least 7 or 8 Hobbies, but all distant and we had no luck with a Crane fly by. Walking back however two Bittern landed close by in the reedbed, but too quick for shots. The Dragonflies were more co-operative, including Four-spotted Chaser.
And also this Scarce Chaser.
The Washland held a few Redshank, Avocet and Shelduck as well as two male Garganey.
On the way out, we were treated to good views of Whitethroat.
Next was a short trip to Weeting Heath. As usual the Stone Curlew were distant and viewed through a heat haze. However, a short stop at the pond gave some great photo opportunities for initially Goldfinch -
And finally Chiffchaff.
The final stop was Cavenham Heath with Grey Wagtail on the river.
Skylarks singing and sometimes perching up!
Also good to see Linnets.
A wheatear gave fleeting views.
We also managed to locate only one Woodlark, but what a super little bird!
Stonechats were much more common.
Hares are also good to see and this one posed before racing off.
And finally, a couple of Stone Curlew that were a bit nearer!
A fitting end to a great day!
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