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.
Dartford Warbler, Westleton Heath
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
Sedge Warbler, Snettisham
Northern Wheatear, Snettisham
Barn Owl, Ken Hill Marsh