part of the Knot flock (without a Great Knot), Titchwell, 17th June
Common Tern, Titchwell, 17th June
Blackbird, Titchwell, 17th June
On Saturday 18th I went up to Holkham for moth trapping with the Norfolk Moth Survey. We saw 2 Barn Owls on the way up and while we were waiting for the key 5 Spoonbills flew over and a Great White Egret dropped in.
The following Wednesday I went searching for gulls in my lunch break. There were plenty in the pig fields near Houghton though I couldn't find any interesting large white-headed gulls (a possible immature Yellow-legged Gull, but I wasn't convinced). A total of 6 Mediterranean Gulls was good though, for such an inland location.
There is a pair of Swallows nesting in my neighbour's property and one has been singing outside my study window all summer.
Swallow, North Elmham, 24th June
On 25th June I headed up to Burnham Overy early, passing this Barn Owl on the way.
Barn Owl, south of South Creake, 25th June
There had been a couple of recent reports of Savi's Warbler at Burnham Overy, although the circumstances (twice reported early afternoon, but not evening or early morning) seemed a bit odd. Anyay I learned that locals had not seen or heard a Savi's there, but there was a Grassshopper Warbler in the area. Well today I didn't venture into the east dunes so I didn't even see or hear that, but I did see a few things worth noting.
Best was a juvenile Cuckoo in the hedgerow running along the dyke north from the staithe. I heard it calling first, though didn't recognise it - I don't think I've ever heard a Cuckoo's begging call before. It flew along the hedge a bit before landing in view, albeit partly obscured. A while later it flew a short distance further and disappeared from view. I could still hear it though and looked out for what might be feeding it. At first I could only see Blue Tits and Sedge Warblers in the area and was pretty sure they weren't responsible. Eventually a Reed Warbler appeared, carrying food. The Cuckoo wasn't in view now so I can't be 100% sure it was feeding the Cuckoo, but I presume it was the Cuckoo's foster parent.
Cuckoo, Burnham Overy, 25th June
Other notable birds included 2-3 Spoonbills and at least 4 Bearded Tits. Young birds included this Lapwinga and at least 2 Pochard ducklings surviving.
Lapwing, Burnham Overy, 25th June
Pochard with ducklings, Burnham Overy, 25th June
Afterwards I went back to Titchwell hoping I would be third time lucky with the Great Knot. Saw 2 Mediterranean Gulls, a Peregrine and heard a Cuckoo, but not a Knot. Well not a big Knot anyway.
Little Egret, Titchwell, 25th June
There will be some better news from Titchwell in due course, I promise...