Thursday, 14 May 2015

Day off in the Flatlands - 14th May 2015

So on a very rare day off, I took advantage and decided to go on a jaunt to the east coast to pick up a few yearticks and ideally a lifer in the form of Golden Oriole. There have been a lot of possible lifers in Norfolk recently, but alas, they have all gone! Golden Oriole has eluded me for far too long, so I was very keen to try my best with this species.
It turned out being a 20 hour trip with Jonnie Fisk getting churring Nightjar, 3+ Stone Curlew, Temminck's Stint, 2 singing Nightingale, 3 Red-crested Pochard, Spoonbill, 2 Woodlark, booming Bittern and a Turtle Dove.  Sites visited were Thetford Forest, Lakenheath RSPB, Weeting Heath, Wolferton Triangle (note a lack of a certain bird from the list.....), Dursingham, Titchwell, Broom GP, Paxton Pits and finally Gibraltar Point. The final site of the day took a real weight off my shoulders with THREE Golden Orioles including a wonderful adult male. The trio showed pretty well occasionally, but were very mobile and were flying up to 400m at a time, which made them hard to relocate/keep up with.

That's how you 'day off'!

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