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
Living in Bedford I am fortunate enough to be able to spend a lot of time on the Norfolk Coast, based around Snettisham and Holme. Most of my photos are likely to come from Norfolk but Bedfordshire does throw up some surprises occasionally, including our best Garden bird, my first Firecrest, feeding on bushes 15 feet from the back window.