Leaders: Sue Gale & Colin Fenn
Reporter & Bird List: David Laurie
At 7:30 we gathered in a layby at a footpath onto Westleton Heath (just to the North of Minsmere). There was a Chiffchaff overhead and a Blackcap and soon after we set off there was a singing Nightingale which was seen by a fortunate few. Further on a view over a field to the right gave us a pair of Stone-curlews with two chicks, welcome evidence of successful breeding. Moving on we came upon a substantial herd of Red Deer and a gorse patch with a Dartford Warbler, again seen by a few of us, and a fine male Yellowhammer. On the grassland behind was another Stone-curlew which gave us much closer views. A little further on a pit to the left of the path had nesting Sand Martins, while on the edge were Woodlarks and a splendid Wheatear. All of which made an excellent start to a clear, sunny and warming day.
Leaders: Chris Stone(WVBS) and Richard Spowage (Pensthorpe)
Reporter: Ray Gribble
Bird List: David Laurie
After a night of heavy rain 19 WVBS members were pleased to note the rain had stopped when they met at 5.30a.m. at Pensthorpe where they were greeted by Richard Spowage, the Reserve Manager. Despite remaining murky as we assembled in the car park we were regaled by the ubiquitous Robin, Wren, Blackbird, Woodpigeon and Chaffinch with both Chiffchaff and Stock Dove adding voice.
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