Tuesday, 7 April 2015

Four Swallows.......

April 7

Moth morning at Natural Surroundings. All the usual early spring moths with the addition of two Shoulder Stripe.
After a leisurely cuppa talking to Anne and Cathy, we drove to Coastguards. We didn't stay long, apart from a large number of Meadow Pipits - newly arrived? - there was no  movement. Maybe Iron Road would be a better bet. Indeed it was. Alerted by a passing birder we walked towards the sea, adding at least 3 Sand Martins and a single Swallow to the year list. Lovely. We actually totted up 28 species of bird from the car park.
Salthouse was jammed, still school holidays. Finding a place to park, we scanned the shore. Three Swallows waited until Pam got our drinks from Julian before flitting through overhead, several minutes apart. Terns were reported from Blakeney Point this morning but none here. No Wheatears either although there were 80 at Portland this morning. They may well have flown through on a lovely sunny day.
Near the entrance to Felbrigg hall a bright Brimstone Butterfly landed on a Ribes bush. Would have made for a good photo. Too busy a road and too active an insect !

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