Getting married 3 weeks ago has meant i haven't had much time for birdwatching or updating my blog. Since the last post however I've only been out to Thorpe Station Marsh twice, on the 15th and 23rd May, but on both visits i added patch year ticks. Including a patch Life Tick Whinchat on the 15th.
On the 15th i walked Carey's Meadow before heading onto Thorpe. The area was much livelier than previous visits with Garden Warbler and 4 Blackcap among the birds singing. Recent visits to Thorpe Station Marsh had been rather drab so i soon picked up most hindrines and many of the returning warblers for the first time this year. I had decided to visit in the hope for a fly through Red-rumped Swallow with a few along the coast and a big movement of hindrines. I had no luck on that front but sitting by the cattle pen i heard a Yellow Wagtail towards Bungalow Lane, on scanning the marsh and posts i then found the aforementioned Whinchat, but not the Yellow Wagtail. A Common Sandpiper was on the spit and a Common Tern flew along the river.
Visiting on the afternoon of the 23rd while Laura had her nails done for the Wedding i had a good stomp on the patch in bright sunshine. I soon heard a distant Grobbler calling which eventually i located towards the back of the marsh singing high in the reeds. At least 1 Cuckoo was in the area, in the poplars at the east end of Whitlingham Great Broad and possibly a second in the woods. 2 Shelduck where on the spit and a fly over Hobby seems to be resident this year reading other people blogs. I finally found a LRP near the scrape having missed them on previous visits. Before being picked up, despite a very busy beer garden i set up my scope in the Rushcutters and managed to add Cuckoo to my 'Pub List'
Sadly the Wedding prep meant i couldn't travel down to see the Cream-coloured Courser or even get to see the Bee Eater in North Norfolk, two birds i would have loved to have seen. But the Wedding was blessed with great weather and the day went swimmingly, we even had Spotted Flycatcher nesting outside out honeymoon suite window.
THORPE MARSH: Phasia hemiptera
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