Wednesday, 14 February 2018

Great day out in the Brecks!

With nothing new in East or North Norfolk, Brian, Norman and I headed south, stopping first at Santon Downham. No sign of any Crossbills, but we did hear a Lesser Spot, and enjoyed watching Bramblings, a Water Rail a really bright Redwing and lots of Song Thrushes. One interesting bird was a possible Willow Tit: it had all the credentials (scruffy cap, very white neck etc.) It even sounded like a Willow Tit...

Next stop was Lakenheath Fen, where a decent herd of 300+ Whooper Swans came in to feed: later they flew right over our heads towards RAF Feltwell, allowing really good views.

A stop for tea at Joist Fen added Common Crane to the daylist: again, these flew around and passed quite close, so we could see that the group of four included a juvenile.

A long walk upstream failed to add the Great Egret that a couple of friendly Nordic Walkers told us about, but we did see a Little Egret and a herd of Roe Deer near the Reception Centre. A near nine-mile walk in great company with some excellent birds..















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