Saturday, 2 May 2009

Out of County!

Dave convinced me that a mega twitch was in order.
The day started at Dungeness, where, after a short wait reasonable flight views were had of the Crested Lark. A little later, even better views were had, including good scope views of the bird on the ground out in the open.
News that the Collared Flycatcher was still on Portland (but unfortunately not the Eastern Bonelli's Warbler) had us scurrying west. A necessary stop was needed and coincided with Radipole Lake, where the drake Hooded Merganser was showing exceptionally well amongst the Mallards!
Onto Southwell, where, again after only a short wait, the absolutely stunning 1st summer male Collared Flyctcher was seen. It was watched well, flycatching and even singing - what a dream bird!
Getting dizzy from being out of the county (and fortunately not missing anything) we returned and spent a pleasant evening in Norfolk around Hockwold / Lakenheath. A Common Crane was seen on the deck and a Bittern boomed (in Suffolk). Plenty of Marsh Harriers were seen, as well as 4 Yellow Wagtail, 16 Corn Bunting and 2 Cuckoos were noted.
1st summer male Collared Flycatcher, not the best, but they're mine!
Plastic Fantastic or Mega Duck! Hooded Merganser, Radipole Lake
Common Crane nr Hockwold, leucistic Pheasant
Highlights from Thursday

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