Dartford Warbler & Summer Migrants

Dartford Warbler, Westleton Heath. A study in Perpetual Motion!
 
It's great to see so many summer migrants passing through Norfolk & Suffolk in recent days. A lot of time has been spent in the early mornings at Snettisham Country Park; a known migrant hotspot but one of many around the coast here. However, I also spent an afternoon after work at Westleton Heath to see the gorgeous Dartford Warblers. Some very showy birds there, singing and displaying, alongside their constant companions, the Stonechats.

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Dartford Warbler, Westleton Heath
 
Stonechat
 
Stonechat chasing a fly! What a fluke!!!
 
Migrants have been excellent at Snettisham. Masses of Ring Ouzels, Willow Warblers, Sedge Warbler, Northern Wheatears and hirundines, amongst others. A Firecrest on the 16th was very unusual and I had my first Common Redstart of the year. Other year firsts included Grasshopper Warbler, Common & Lesser Whitethroats and Cuckoo.
 
Grasshopper Warbler, Snettisham

Common Redstart, male, Snettisham

Ring Ouzel, male, Snettisham

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Sedge Warbler, Snettisham
Northern Wheatear, Snettisham
Barn Owl, Ken Hill Marsh
 




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