Saturday, 11 June 2016

A quick visit to the Brecklands


A car-load of us headed east today and visited some sites in the Brecklands of Suffolk and Norfolk, with the first half of the day at the RSPB Lakenheath reserve. Common warblers and several Cuckoos greeted us on our arrival and we enjoyed a slow dawdle around the reserve. Highlights were some close Bearded Tits, a posing Kingfisher, at least seven Marsh Harriers, Bitterns in flight and a pair of Common Cranes with a chick.

Insects in warm, sultry conditions included plenty of chasers on the wing, plus Emperor and Hairy Dragonflies.

A wander around a couple of woodland rides in the Thetford Forest complex provided a couple of fly-over Siskins and Crossbills and other items of interest included a Common Lizard, newts and a showy male Broad-bodied Chaser.

A singing male Firecrest was the most interesting bird at Brandon Country Park and we finished at Weeting Heath, the traditional site for some views of Breckland Stone Curlews.


Neil M


Bearded Tit

Scarce Chaser Dragonfly


All images taken at
 Lakenheath RSPB.

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