Decided it was time to search for a Lesser Pecker within and around the patch, ideal habitat alongside the Yare and plenty of deadwood. I should say now that the search was fruitless, but did throw up some good habo and a few decent birds for the area.
Wood's End had a large flock of Siskin in a small conifer plantation, and a Nuthatch called from within. A Common Buzzard called overhead, and was seen again from the pub- I will keep an eye on this a potential breeding site. Great Spotted Pecker showed well, and my second Brimstone Butterfly in 2 days passed through- stealing a march, or so I thought! My first was seen from the staffroom yesterday, not all bad on the Western Front then.
Surlingham was looking pristine in the sunshine, and approaching the lagoon I could hear Lapwing- usually across river at Wood's End- and then a familiar call which I almost ignored, but then realised where I was.....Redshank! Never actually saw it, but still a new bird for the patch.
A pair of Sparrowhawk soared overhead, and further round the circuit a Kestrel hovered over the marsh. Where had this lot been for the past 2/3 months?! Despite hearing the Redshank, bird of the day went to a Little Egret hunting on the smaller lagoon, viewed from the hill. 2 Reed Bunting could be seen from here, and a Cettis sang with purpose for the first time this year.
Today, I happened across a Reeve's Pheasant, somewhere in The Brecks........although not the bird reported by RBA, an invasion perhaps!