Sunday, 23 March 2014

Lucking in on Glossy Ibis

Returned yesterday to look for the Slavonian Grebe again.  Owen and Monica Marks had seen it on Friday and gave me some good advice on where to look for it.  A pied winter plumage bird, it was diving frequently and after a couple of reasonable views I lost the bird and couldn't refind it.  I pottered down to Welney where the flashes on Lady Fen looked fantastic for spring wader passage 60 or so Dunlin, a Common Sandpiper, 20 Ruff and 18 Curlew accompanied 3 swimming Avocet.  Whooper Swans were flocking up on the roadside fields.

Today Ben and I made a quick visit whilst moving some paving  slabs about for my patio project.  Looking at the swans we were fortunate to be called up on to the bank by Brandon Doe who had just found 2 Glossy Ibis.  They were distant and disappearing frequently but a great pair of birds to luck in on.  Further up the Washes we were unable to find yesterdays grebe but enjoyed lots of wildfowl and Godwit action.

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