With a day off work and the Lesser Grey Shrike that appeared yesterday still 'showing well' at Kelling it was a no brainer. After a brief lay-in Laura and i headed out to North Norfolk, we parked in Kelling village and walked down towards the water meadows. The pools are almost dry so no waders, but i did spot my first, belated Ruddy Darter of the year along with a probable Brown Hawker. Butterflies were also aplenty, with Wall, Small Tortoiseshell, Large White, Small White, Gatekeeper, Meadow Brown, Holly Blue and Common Blue all seen. We were directed up towards the radar station but the LG Shrike had moved, luckily the Lesser Grey Shrike was soon relocated on the barbed wire fence next to the 'Quags'. A new 'life tick' has I'd missed the birds at Hickling and Weybourne in recent years. We viewed the bird for a while, a stunning Male, although the stiff breeze made scoping a little awkward at times. Walking back along the track we saw a Emperor Moth caterpillar, the largest caterpillar I've ever seen! Driving back towards Sheringham we then viewed the Red Arrows displaying over Cromer, part of their carnival celebrations. Back in Norwich i was sitting in the garden when a Jay in the neighbours tree and an unlikely garden tick with a fly-over Common Tern. Then in the evening a Sparrowhawk flew over the house, to add another bird to my fledgling Garden List.
July 17th Mousehold Heath
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