Friday 12 June 2009

1 out of 3 Prats !

Wednesday 10th June.

Decided to make the journey to Norfolk for the Black-winged Pratincole, an early message had me heading for Titchwell RSPB but no sign by the time i arrived. This has to be my favourite reserve in Norfolk, great habitat and its easy to see the birds. Also it was like an audible attack on my ears? Birds were singing everywhere. Sedge, Reed & Cetti's Warblers were in full song, a Bittern booming and half a dozen Little Gulls calling frantically. Visual highlights were 5 Spoonbills, a Bittern in flight, a female Red-crested Pochard with 5 young, Little Terns and eventually the Black-winged Pratincole that gave a flying masterclass and showed well at a distance mostly, hence the crap photo.

Also visited Choseley barns where Whitethroats were in song everywhere and a trip to a top secret undisclosed location was rewarded with excellent views of a male Montagu's Harrier as well as 2 Turtle Doves.

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