Saturday, May 13, 2017

Lakenheath RSPB

A lovely day out with some wins and some losses.  It promised to be a lovely sunny day, so when a storm came pulsing through late morning, it took us all a bit by surprise.

The Glossy Ibis and two Black-winged Stilt were showing well on the Washland viewed from the river path.  The habitat looked prime for these southern wanderers.  In situ, Cuckoo and Hobby were passing by - and all of these sightings made within a five minute period - felt fabulously straight forward.

Having met Bob Whatley in the car-park, we decided to head over to Elveden for the White Stork to bide us some time while the rain passed through.  We drew a blank and later found out the bird had lifted off a short time before heading high and away.

Back at Lakenheath, a staggering group of Hobby numbering well over 40 individuals scudded over Joist Fen.  Rich pickings out there for sure.

A Bittern boomed from somewhere in the reeds and at least four Marsh Harrier were patrolling the area.

It was a shame to hear about the predated Stone Curlew nests at Weeting Heath, but a single bird on lookout for a sitting female was great to see at another location nearby.

Fen Drayton RSPB was the final stop, but unfortunately the female Red-footed Falcon was nowhere to be seen despite an hour-long search toward the end of the day.

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