presumed escaped possible Lesser Canada Goose (race parvipes), Ryburgh, 24th May
Plenty of Barnacle Geese around at the moment too (also from Pensthorpe where they have a large free-flying flock, I understand), but it's unusual for them to visit the scrape.
Barnacle Geese, Ryburgh, 24th May
A bit of Lapwing vs. Grey Heron interaction...
Grey Heron, Ryburgh, 24th May
Common Tern, Ryburgh, 24th May
That evening Dave and I headed up to Gypsy Lane, Brancaster for some mothing. A Spoonbill was feeding on the grazing marsh before flying off east, and 2 more Spoonbills flew east. We heard a Whimbrel calling.
An afternoon/evening visit to Burnham Overy on 29th produced a Great White Egret over, 3 Spoonbills, Sparrowhawk, a Barn Owl carrying what looked like it might have been a mole, 3 Cuckoos and a family of Stonechats.
Other visits to various sites in the valley and surrounds have been largely uneventful - this Little Ringed Plover dropped in briefly but didn't stick around long. A Marsh Harrier was seen the same day.
Little Ringed Plover, Ryburgh, 30th May
Grey Herons will happily take ducklings for lunch but it seems this Little Egret wasn't interested - and neither did the mother Mallard have any concern that it might be.
Little Egret and Mallards, Ryburgh, 30th May
I only occasionally see the Grey Wagtail at Ryburgh but when I do it often shows very nicely and I can't resist taking some photos.
Grey Wagtail, Ryburgh, 31st May
I shared some great birding moments with Mike Young-Powel in the mid 90s when he lived at Cley and birded Sheringham but he moved away to Pembrokeshire in 1997 and I'd not seen him since. Seeing he was back in Norfolk for a few days I got in touch and Mike, Cathy and I headed out to Burnham Overy together on Wednesday 31st May. Mike and Cathy had had a great start to their week finding Red-footed Falcon and Purple Heron but we didn't manage anything quite so exciting today. We did see Great White Egret, Spoonbill and at least one Cuckoo, Cathy picked up a Yellow Wagtail in the saltmarsh and we watched a drake Common Scoter in the channel south of Gun Hill. But regardless of the birds it was great to catch up with Mike and Cathy again after such a long time. Hopefully the next time won't be so long.
Little Tern, Burnham Overy, 31st May
Cuckoo, Burnham Overy, 31st May
Ringed Plover, Burnham Overy, 31st May