Tuesday, 28 April 2009


Playing a bit of catch-up had me at the local gravel pits. Eight Swifts increased to 25 and then quickly dispersed, along with c 10 House Martins and fewer Sand Martin and Swallow. At least 2 singing Garden Warblers had joined the summer visitors, as well as a fly over Turtle Dove. A few Reed Warblers were singing amongst the more common Sedge.
Local thrushes, collecting nest material.
Highlight of the day came just before 10.30, when, scanning for waders, I came across a Badger - completely out in the open, near the edge of the lake. It stayed in view for about 10 minutes before slowly sloping off back into the undergrowth. Probably my first live Badger in Norfolk!

Hybrid goose with both parentage in tow! Fluffy Egyptian Goose chicks.
At least 3 male and two female Marsh Harriers are still present, along with the Harris's Hawk and up to 5 Buzzard.

Two more Ring Ouzels were found at Friary Hills (although I wish I had gone back in the evening, which had crossed my mind - I might have found a Grey-headed Wagtail!)
An impressive flock of Ruff on North Scrape, Cley, where hirundines were plentiful. Little Ringed Plover and a male Wheatear were also seen.

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