Tree Swallows

Swallows, in the trees on the dam wall – forced down by the hail storm over Felbrigg yesterday

Yesterday afternoon I was due to meet up with ‘Gresham Phil’ in Felbrigg to do a ‘Big Sit’ recce – what the Aussies call ‘oiling’, before such events. On my way there I got a message from Graham about an Osprey at Weybourne, heading east along the coast. I dashed up to the Carnival Field but, apart from a distant spec being harassed by gulls beyond Beeston Bump which could have been the bird – I drew a blank. Assuming it had turned inland, I set off for Felbrigg, arriving there just before three. On my way down towards the lake the heavens opened and I had to take shelter at the hollow oak. A call from Andy said the bird was reported on the bird information services as being over Felbrigg Lake 2.54 and I met a couple coming from the lake who said they’d just seen a bird – they thought Red Kite, but with no forked tail – being mobbed by a Buzzard. Phil was coming the other way across the dam – neither of us got a sniff. Meanwhile Tim & Dawn in the village tracked the bird from Sheringham to Felbrigg! Oh well – that’s birding for you. I made my way to the lake and, between down-pours, watched a flock of fifty Swallows, forced down by the weather, sitting it out in the near-by trees – Tree Swallows! Once the rain eased we did see some pretty good stuff: two Common Sandpiper and Grey Wagtail near the viewing screen, a surprisingly late group of Redpoll (Lesser) in the Alder by the top sluice (same location as a couple of weeks ago), two Ring Ouzel north of the water meadows and a couple of Snipe. Not bad considering the weather. Let’s hope they hang around for Sundays rescheduled Big Sit!

Better views of Common Sandpiper at the Lake
One of a group of half a dozen Lesser Redpoll at Felbrigg yesterday
My last Osprey at Felbrigg, in 2018

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