Saturday, 12 March 2016

Cranes at Lakenheath

A grey and misty start to the day in Suffolk never really improved throughout our visit. The day started with a drop in visit at Lackford Lakes, where we failed to find the reported Jack Snipe from the previous day. Despite an extensive search the best we could do were several Common Snipe, Kingfisher, Teal and  a single Muntjac Deer.
We moved on the Lakenheath and after a brief chat with the warden walked out to the Joist Fen viewpoint. Several Marsh Harriers were busily collecting nest material and a single Buzzard was seen perched on a fence post amongst the reeds. A Sparrowhawk flew low and fast past the viewpoint and a Cetti's warbler showed well nearby. A Bittern flew overhead and headed for the far end of the reedbeds for a welcome year tick. With no sign of any of the Cranes, Brian decided to head off along the riverbank to scan the fields bordering the river. A short while later two of the Cranes fly directly overhead and fly in Brian's direction. I walk out to meet Brian who has just watched four birds land in the fields nearby.

Cranes (B Anderson)

On the pools just outside the reserve we find a single Great White Egret, but a visit to Santon Downham failed to produce any sightings of Lesser-spotted Woodpecker.

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