Appreciate a lot of the content here recently has been moths, mostly because that’s all I’ve had time for but I have been birding, of course, here are a few of the recent highlights.
I was fortunate enough to be staying with my parents in Cromer when the Adult breeding plumage Sabine’s Gull appeared at Cley (found by my mum!). I popped over to add this bird to my British list. It’s a bird i’ve long admired, but always assumed would be added as a sea-watching tick miles off shore. I was elated to have my first experience of this elegant beauty be inland and a reasonable distance!
When i returned from Cromer, Josh Jones found a Sandwich Tern on BLGP Wader Pit, the bird appeared in the morning and had been commuting between wader pit and T-junction pit for most of the day, giving good views to most who attended. Again, this is a bird that you normally have to be in the right place at the right time for, it’s unusual for one to stick around at any inland location, especially for a whole day. A great addition to my Deepings list.
On the back of that success, i headed over to Deeping Lakes to see if I could connect with the trio of Ruddy Shelduck which had been touring the local pits after Mike Weedon’s discovery a couple of weeks ago. The birds were present and gave great views in front of the first viewing screen on East Pit. The origins of these birds are always going to be in question but they did arrive on the back of an apparent influx on the coast of up to 17 birds and none of them carrying any legwear, so let’s keep the fingers crossed. Also present was a lovely Curlew, a long overdue deepings tick for me.