Northern Wheatear, female, Snettisham Country Park
Well Spring is here, supposedly. Though not according to the hailstones that gave me a battering earlier today. The past few weeks have seen the arrival of countless, various, migrant birds. Grateful that they, once again, evaded the heavy Ack-ack over Malta, Greece and other Mediterranean countries. They should hang their heads in shame!
The end of March saw the first Wheatears, Chiffchaffs, Firecrests, Black Redstarts and Hirundines.
There also seems that Red Kites have been a bit more showy than usual and also one or two groups of Lesser Redpolls have also turned up in West Norfolk.
Red Kite, nr Oundle. Interesting because of its curiosity in me and its unreadable wing tag
Red Kite, Garden Drove, Warham
Lesser Redpoll, male, Roydon Common, Kings Lynn
My favourite local place for Spring birding is Snettisham Country Park. Recent weeks have seen several Ring Ouzels, Whitethroats, Lesser Whitethroats, Reed Warblers, Cuckoos, Sedge Warblers, Grasshopper Warblers, Redstarts, Whinchats and, of course, Wheatears. There are other species but too many to mention. Here is a small selection of the birds at Snettisham Country Park.
Eurasian Bullfinch, female & male.
Cetti's Warbler, great to see this little skulker properly.
Eurasian Jay, several have been seen flying along the coastline.
Northern Wheatear, male
Common Redstart, male
Lesser Whitethroat, not usually this bold.
Ring Ouzel, male, partially leucistic.