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Birds of note have included 3 Rollers over Runway’s End Marsh on 1st July with another stunning male bird on the southern perimeter fence on the 3rd. I rather bizarrely completed the Danish 25km tab around camp on the 8th in full kit. Thirty minutes into it, with another three hours to go, I was beginning to wonder why I had volunteered when a flock of thirty plus Rose-coloured Starlings flew over heading to the south; this is a species I had seen previously here.
Since then there has been a distinct rise in temperature and even the commoner species are finding shade and sticking to it; I now have to travel to find birds, usually to and from meetings when I see things crossing the road. On the 9th I flushed a lone Green Sandpiper at the new filter bed at the southern entrance and as I drove by a Lesser Sand Plover overflew the Tata.
I have a garden list here – it’s not a garden as you’d know it but the camp where my accommodation and work place is. I added two species to my garden list yesterday; four Lesser Sand Plover overflew calling as I headed back to the tent from the outside privy. It was very windy yesterday and these birds were really being buffeted. A couple of hours later I flushed a very exhausted Clamorous Reed Warbler from the vehicle park. This bird really was finding it difficult to fly and I left it sheltering under an iso-container. Again, another bird I am familiar with from previous tours but one which I had, up to now, missed this time around.
This morning I added four Crowned Sandgrouse and two obliging Pin-Tailed Sandgrouse at Runway's End Marsh; I visited the site during a dog-legged route to a meeting.
I depart on R&R in 11 days Morale is increasing daily and I am now looking forward to wearing my gore-tex jacket to avoid getting too wet. North Norfolk is looking like a good option; the plan is to be at Cley NWT at 0900hrs on the 2 August if anyone is interested.
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