Weeks Highlights


Most days this week I have seen grey herons over the village and whilst they may terrify the average pond owner I cant help being impressed with the size and grace of such a large bird. At the start of the week I had the fortunate opportunity and permission of the landowner to monitor the Heronry at Great Melton, as part of the annual count for the  BTO. There is something very Jurassic park about these birds and their huge nests especially as they are quite vocal with their young. There were a number of young birds which were quite large probably now a month old so there should be a continued threat to goldfish for some time to come.

Grey Heron and Young. Credit: sandlings via Compfight cc

Also up and about this afternoon was a soaring sparrowhawk which went south from where I first saw him over the Village centre. The most obvious birds if you haven’t been staring at the sky are the youngsters with blackbird, dunnock,  great tit, and the cutest of the lot robin all gracing the garden this week. The most raucous of the youngsters have been the noisy gangs of young starlings. moving around in red arrows style flocks around the village.

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Starlings Photo Credit: The-Hawk via Compfight cc

With the rest of the bank holiday still to go anyone fancying a trip locally is spoilt for great birds with little bittern wowing the crowds at RSPB Lakenheath when it comes out of the reed beds. Red necked Phalarope putting on a show at RSPB Minsmereand another pretty little wader a broad billed sandpiper at Trimley Marsh in Suffolk.

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