Wednesday, 7 April 2010

Spring at last

With Spring finally arriving, the camera has failed to do justice to the birding - with some excellent birds and not a lot in the way of photos. The ALPINE SWIFT at Hunstanton provided outstanding views on 26 March and broke the Norfolk jinx. my only other alpine Swift at Minsmere had provided decent scope views, but other more recent NORFOLK birds at Holme and Hunstanton hjad all eluded me. News of a 2 Barred Crossbill at the lodge in sandy the same week-end had all the hallmarks of Beds Leaches petrel and red Rumped Swallow found while I lurked in norfolk - and gone by my return to the county. fortunately the 2 Barred stayed and provided excellent views on the Monday 29th. A lifer that made up for teh bird i missed at Sanderingham. Other highlights have included a brief Lesser spotted woodpecker, Hawfinch Goshawk and Stone Curlews. A singing firecrest was a delight and a Red kite circled over the A10 on our return journey to Bedford on 5 April

Comma butterfly Bedford 6 April

Water rail ringed Holme 4 April

Hare Snettisham 3 Apr

Barn owl 28 March Snettisham

Tree Sparrows Norfolk 27 March

Toad in our garden Pond Bedford

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