Sunday 10 May 2015

22/4/15 - 10/5/15, Bryher, Isles of Scilly to Somerset to Norfolk

Time precludes me from writing a full account of three recent which have done so very well in getting themselves on to my UK life list.

First up was the Great Blue Heron - a Tuesday night twitch, sleep in the car (Otter at Marazion first thing), Scillonian out to the islands (complete with Hoopoe a long way out at sea), all followed by jet boats and beach landings - marvellous!

Great Blue Heron, Bryher, Isles of Scilly. Photograph by the Indie Birder
Seconds for Britain (the Great Blue Heron) as great, but grip-backs are even better. This stonking Hudsonian Godwit was a greater performer in Somerset. And I thought I'd have to look at one (eventually) at three miles range on some distant tidal flat - not a bit of it!

Hudsonian Godwit, Somerset. Photograph by Carl Bovis.
The final bird in the amzing spring run of 2015 (so far..!) was the cracking little Citril Finch in the west end of Holkham Pines. Only seven years since the Fair Isle bird - yet another amazing grip-back!

Citril Finch, Holkham Pine, Norfolk.Pphotograph by Penny Clarke

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