Naturelog: 27th June

Posted: July 7, 2015 in Birds, Natural History, Norfolk, UK
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Day one of a week in Norfolk for Sue and I. On our way north from London we stopped at Weeting Heath NR in Breckland. This is the best site in the UK for seeing Stone Curlew, a wading bird which has evolved to nesting and feeding on heathland.

Weeting Heath

Weeting Heath

We made our way to the hide and started to search the grassland. Despite their size and markings they can be incredably difficult to see when hidden in the grass. At last one is spotted standing in the grass and then later Sue finds another two sitting at the back of the field.

 

Stone curlew occhione burhinus oedicnemus

Stone Curlew

Photo by Michele Lamberti (https://www.flickr.com/photos/60740813@N04/)

 

We also saw a Spotted Flycatcher feeding young at a nest just outside the hide.

Flycatcher Spotted Flycatcher (Muscicapa striata) Faneromeni 07/05/14

Spotted Flycatcher

Photo by Michael Sveikutis (https://www.flickr.com/photos/micksway/)

A good start to our trip.

Common Buzzard [sp] (Buteo buteo)
Eurasian Stone-curlew [sp] (Burhinus oedicnemus)
Northern Lapwing (Vanellus vanellus)
Stock Dove [sp] (Columba oenas)
Common Wood Pigeon [sp] (Columba palumbus)
Eurasian Magpie [sp] (Pica pica)
Western Jackdaw [sp] (Coloeus monedula)
Rook [sp] (Corvus frugilegus)
Marsh Tit [sp] (Poecile palustris)
Great Tit [sp] (Parus major)
Eurasian Skylark [sp] (Alauda arvensis)
Eurasian Nuthatch [sp] (Sitta europaea)
Spotted Flycatcher [sp] (Muscicapa striata)
Common Chaffinch [sp] (Fringilla coelebs)
European Greenfinch [sp] (Carduelis chloris)

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