Saturday, 24 March 2012

A Quickie

Saturday March 24
Lunchtime is not the best birding time, couldn't resisrt the lovely day any longer. Barton Broad often has early terns, hirundine and Little Gulls. None of them for us to-day. The carr was ringing with ChiffChaff song and the end platform full of young people with cameras. They didn't stay long.
Plenty of handsome Great Crested Grebes, 4 Marsh Harriers soaring distantly, a lone female Goldeneye and the usual ducks and gulls.
As we left, a couple arrived for their second visit of the day. This morning they'd seen Otter, Little Gulls and 4 Cranes flew over ! Earlier next time..
I did manage to SEE the Cetti's who's loud song had echoed all round us. They sing and fly, we were always looking where they'd been.
Lovely fat yellow flowers on the Willows, glistening in the sunshine.

Typical carr from the Boardwalk at Barton Broad.
We drove home via Dilham and East Ruston, walking to the pools at the latter. More ChiffChaff song, a few Teal, Coot and Mute Swan the reward. The causeway was much dryer than on our last visit in the Autumn. What we reckon were shooting blinds seen in both pools.
We had our first garden ChiffChaff on Friday, in the woods the other side of the dyke.

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