Tuesday, 14 May 2013

Bank holiday Bradder's Birding breckland bonanza!

The Bank Holiday feels so long ago, and lethargy has set in big time.

So to be brief: Saturday went to Rainham, it was OK, but not so OK as to make the really early start worthwhile.

Sunday and another early start to get to JL's house for a Bradder's Breckland Birding Bonanza. Walking through a deserted broom field with just the dawn chorus for company, now that was worth it...

First up Thetford and an otter and a faceless duck, then off to Lakenheath to rendezvous with a rather smart Red-footed Falcon in amongst the numerous Hobby over Joist Fen, with a support cast of the usuals.

Midday and Lunch, too much, oh yeagh!

A few stops to pick up Tree Pipit, Woodlark, Common Redstart ending up at Cavenham Heath for a couple of not so distant Stone Curlew.

Final point of call was Lackford Lakes a rather agreeable SWT site just north of Bury St Edmunds to be serenaded out by Nightingale and as the credits roll a stunning Black Tern performing over the peaceful waters.

106 species and the organisers have finally woken up to the fact there is good coffee to be found and used in association with a thermos flask...

Sunday and the patch is dieing on my feet, bar a Garden Warbler, so we hoof it up to north London to hunt for exciting raptors and get Crossbill instead...

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