A diary of my birding activity covering highlights and photos from my birding adventures. Mainly Norfolk (UK), occasionally beyond. I might mention the odd thing that isn't avian, but for moth and other insect news check out my mothing diary.

Wednesday, 6 May 2015

Bittern and singing Tree Pipit

Had the non-birding wife and friend in tow today so was any birding activity was a bit restricted.  But I managed to get them up to the coast where the best of the birds was a nice close fly-by Bittern (with what must have been a second bird booming) and a singing Tree Pipit.  It's been over a decade since I last saw a Tree Pipit on territory in Norfolk.

Bittern, north Norfolk, 4th May

Tree Pipit, west Norfolk, 4th May

We spent most of the morning at Burnham Overy where a Spoonbill was in pools east of the staithe, at least 2 Whimbrels were knocking around and Little Terns were back in business.

Little Tern, Burnham Overy, 4th May

Whimbrel, Burnham Overy, 4th May

Quite a few Swifts, Swallows and other hirundines were on the move, along with a few Yellow Wagtails and a heard-only Tree Pipit.  In the dunes there were 2 Cuckoos (with presumably a third back at the staithe), a female Ring Ouzel (only seen males here up to now) and 6 Wheatears.  Two Hobbies were hawking insects with Black-headed Gulls above the freshmarsh.

Kestrel, Burnham Overy, 4th May

Kestrel with Common Lizard (I think), Burnham Overy, 4th May

We had lunch at Creake Abbey where the food was very nice indeed (and worth the wait).  A Red Kite flew over here.  Later we popped in to Dersingham Bog briefly before taking our friend back to Kings Lynn station.

Stonechat, Dersingham Bog, 4th May

Back at work on Tuesday where I snatched a brief lunch break which included a Spoonbill over Brancaster Staithe.

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