Monday, 4 May 2009

Holkwold Heron. Eventually.

The morning started with the Golden Pheasants, which are showing features of 'obscurus', although not as dark as the Wolferton birds. Woodlark was heard singing. Going across the Hockwold we stopped and saw 3 or 4 Stone Curlew showing well, although they were in Suffolk. A walk along the river around Hockwold produced 2 singing Golden Orioles in Suffolk, along with 4 Hobby, 2 Cuckoo and 4 Yellow Wagtail amongst the commoner birds. Having not succeeded in seeing (or hearing) Golden Oriole in Nolfolk we made our way to Welney (not knowing that a Purple Heron was flying around behind our back!)
Welney produced a drake Garganey, Little Ringed Plover and a 2nd summer Mediterranean Gull before the news of he heron broke and we returned to Hockwold. Three very cold and quite stressful hours later we had brief views of the 1st summer Purple Heron moving across the dyke and showing bill, head and shoulders before quickly disappearing again! The cold took its toll and we returned home!

Kingfisher (+1st sum Purple Heron, Hockwold - it's in there, probably...possibly!)

Golden Pheasant - dark face and upper throat showing. Stone Curlew in Suffolk.

Yellow Wagtail, Hockwold, one male of two pairs seen.

Canada Goose in alert position. One of many Roe Deer.

Med Gull and injured Whooper Swans, Welney

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