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Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Lesser spotted Woodpecker a welcome return

Lesser spotted Woodpecker

After a relatively quiet spring with the exception of the Honey Buzzard that I bumped into on a damp morning at the end of May, this news was most welcome. The Lesser spots were still feeding young up until 8th June and hopefully the young fledged successfully and were not predated upon. However with the number of Great spotted Woodpeckers and corvid members in the park there is a high possibility that this may have happened.

Below are a few images from Bushy Park in the last month 



Click on the link to see the Honey Buzzard
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6ta8HF2RNV0































Sunday, June 10, 2018

A cool grey weekend in Norfolk

Norfolk 9th & 10th June.

Not really a weekend for sunning yourself on a Norfolk beach, even my sheltered back garden was nippy. The sun only made an appearance late on Saturday afternoon and that wasn't for very long. The only places I visited were Hickling NWT Reserve late Saturday afternoon and then today (Sunday) I popped to Potter Heigham Marshes at 5.30am. Hickling was a little quiet whereas Potter was full of goslings, ducklings, gull chicks and a few Avocet and Lapwing chicks. The latter have to be very careful as the local Marsh Harriers are on the lookout for those that have strayed to far away from their parents.

Below are a few images starting at Hickling, then Potter Heigham and finishing in my garden.


Chinese Water Deer with Stubbs Mill in the background.



I had just left Bittern Hide and was delighted to see this Osprey circling above me, the bird drifted off west carrying a fish. 





Three Garganey on Potter Heigham Marshes, the water level is dropping so fingers crossed there will be some good waders dropping down to feed here in 3 weeks or so.



This Green Sandpiper, my first of the summer may have taken off from here but headed off towards Rush Hill Scrape.


Common Crane




Garden Birds and a very fluffed up half naked Blackbird