Tuesday, 14 June 2011
Carlton Marshes Cuckoo
An evening circular walk around Carlton Marshes taking the northern path and then coming back along the track was very pleasant this evening, lots of Reed Buntings c30 seen and a few 5 Whitethroats and several 2 Sedge warblers, one buzzing at me from a bush and 1 youngster near the start of the walk were noted. Back along the north path, half way along several large Dragonflies seen, at least 3 were Norfolk Hawkers and the others couldn't be specifically identified, may have been Hairies? A large caterpillar was that of a Drinker Moth and a Small Tortoiseshell was seen briefly on several plants but was camera shy. In the distant field a Barn Owl was hunting on full sunny daylight and by the Owl box one shot past flying north towards Fisher Row. A Cuckoo was heard from the direction of Fisher Row, whilst a male Marsh Harrier quartered the reeds, I spotted a Cuckoo (from afar- see pic best I could get need to try again for a better one!) near the return track perched up on some dead branches of a bush as I managed to get close to the bush the Cuckoo frustratingly dropped to the lower branches of the bush and was obscured from where I was, but a couple walking past just at the wrong time, flushed the Cuckoo and it flew east down a dyke to some other bushes I saw the Cuckoo here briefly before it flew out to a field south of here and it perched up again before flying back to its original bushes and then finally visited bushes just south of the northern path and even sat up in a dead tree by the main north path.