Saturday, 12 March 2016

Cranes at Lakenheath

A visit to Lakenheath today rewarded us for the long walk out to Joist Fen with cracking views of two of the three pairs of Crane present. The walden told us that he has three pairs looking to set up territory this year after last years breeding success where two pairs raised three young.
Sitting waiting at the fen hide we had a fly over Bittern and Sparrowhawk along with several Marsh Harriers setting up territory and a lone Buzzard. A Great White Egret was spotted before we left and the centre feeders had visiting Siskin, Reed Bunting and Brown Rat.

Common Cranes at Lakenheath
We encountered Muntjac and Roe Deer but the Cranes were the stars giving great views as they flew over our heads and circled round before dropping into a nearby field. Displays took place before the birds took the skies again.

A visit to Lackford Lakes failed to deliver the hoped for Jack Snipe and Santon Downham failed to deliver Lesser Spotted Woodpecker despite both being seen yesterday but that's birding for you.

Canada Geese at Lackford 
Kingfisher at Lackford
Goosander at Santon Downham

Year list now 179

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