A little early in the year perhaps but with the good spell of sunny, warm weather decided to have a trip up to The Brecks on the Norfolk/Suffolk border. First port of call was RSPB Lakenheath and we were greeted by the sound of calling Chiffchaffs and a smart male Reed Bunting.
Walking up past the first viewpoint we had brief glimpses of Bearded Tits, but sadly no photo opportunities. However, a pair of Marsh Harriers gave good views, especially this female.
A passing Common Buzzard was soon escorted out of the Harriers airspace!
We were greeted at the hide by this singing Wren.
Otherwise, this area was quiet and the only reward was a Greylag.
More distant Marsh Harriers from Joist Fen, but signs of any Cranes, so it was back along the river to see if we could see anything on the Wash. Redshank, Lapwing and Avocets were added along with good numbers of Black-tailed Godwits coming into full breeding plumage.
A few Ruff were also present and here was a quite distinctive one.
There has been an influx of Garganey nationally and Lakenheath had had some recently. We had almost given up when someone located one on the edge of the Wash. In total there were four drakes and one female. Record shot of two males below.
Next stop was Weeting Heath as Stone Curlews had been reported. It is not the best place for photos as the birds are distant and there is generally a heat haze, but as Rob had never seen one, it was a no brainer. As we entered the West hide, a chap said they had settled down and not been seen for an hour! Thankfully after a couple of minutes both birds popped up allowing distant views and a record shot.
Final stop was Cavenham Heath which did not yield any more Stone Curlew, but plenty of other birds including huge numbers of Jackdaws and Rooks.
By the bridge we had a solitary Fieldfare, flythrough Kingfisher and a Grey Wagtail.
Heading back we added Skylarks, Meadow Pipits and a couple of Stonechats.
A Red Legged Partridge was also a pleasant surprise.
We had almost given up hope of Woodlark when one flew over calling and landed at the side of the track. Edging slowly closer I managed a few shots. This was another lifer for Rob.
A great day out with some cracking birds and a day list of 59 species. I will certainly be back later in the year.
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