I met up with Amanda, Michael, Sharon & Mike at Fakenham and we spent a very relaxed day in the Holme area, it proved an excellent choice with a wide range of species, just under 70 in total.

We did stop off en-route and enjoyed the lovely 6 Dotterel still showing fairly well in the ploughed field, albeit the heat haze hampered viewing a little. Nearby there was 2 singing Corn Bunting, plus several Yellowhammer.

Highlights were fantastic views of Marsh harriers, something the group were keen to see. Plus a feeding Spoonbill was very nice. We had lots of repeat views of Cuckoos, and 2 Hobby’s late afternoon were a nice surprise and probably migrants moving the reasonable numbers of Swift passing through.

There was still 100 Dark-bellied Brents on the beach and we also had reasonable views of Little, Sandwich and Common Tern.

We also through the day had a nice selection of warblers with – Cetti’s Warbler, Common Chiffchaff, Sedge Warbler, Eurasian Reed Warbler Blackcap, a lovely Garden Warbler, Lesser Whitethroat & Common Whitethroat. Plus stunning views of male and female Bullfinches feeding.

Their favourite birds were the Marsh Harriers a pair of Stonechats that also gave lovely views!

© Spoonbill – Chris Mills Norfolk Birding