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Monday, 11 May 2009

Westleton Heath Wonders



As a Football Manager might say, the 10/11 May weekend was a game of 2 halves. Saturday was virtually completely birdless for me (May so far, has been a very lacklustre month for me birdwise- let's hope it changes very soon, the omens are good with strong Easterly winds  and bad weather forecast for the coming week) failing to connect with Hobbies or indeed anything else around the Ashby/ Waveney Forest area, yet again I failed to see Adders.
Sunday, by complete contrast, was just sheer bliss. A trip to Westleton Heath was an instant success with a fairly tame Wood Lark running around the car park. 2+ Nightingales were seen singing and showing in bushes in a nearby wood and the main object of the trip, 2 fine Broad- bordered Bee Hawk Moths feeding actively from the purple blooms of a Lilac bush, looking for the world like exotic diminutive Hummingbirds! The Lilac flowers also hosted feeding Red Admiral, Peacock & Comma butterflies. A Cuckoo calling constantly from nearby Pines was glimpsed occasionally in flight.
While nearby a male Linnet sang from a nearby bush and a couple of Dartford Warblers flew around the heather bushes on a distant ridge, hopefully the Magpie seen nearby hadn't gorged itself on their young.

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