After a slight hitch that involved Pete’s failure to get up,
we eventually arrived at Aldeburgh at 11.45. Fortunately the immature Great
Spotted Cuckoo was still resent and showed well both in flight and on the deck
before being pushed and harassed but two of the regular photographers. They flushed it repeatedly and it ended up
over a mile away from where we originally saw it. It resembled a juvenile but
the shaggier crest and some grey flecking in the nape and mantle suggested that
it may have been a second year. This was
a first for Suffolk.
Butley was our late lunchtime stop and a walk afterwards
produced a female Hen harrier, 46 Avocet and nine Little Grebes.
Mike Sullivan had found a Firecrest the day before at The
Chase and so I headed over in the hope of adding it not only to my site list
but to my Essex list as it was a glaring omission. It took me 90 minutes to find it but it was well
worth the effort of squelching through horrific quantities of mud and deep
puddles. It was feeding in the loose company of 12 Goldcrests, various Tits,
Bullfinches and a Chiffchaff.
It turned out to be a most productive morning with at least three other Chiffchaffs being seen, two Great Spotted Woodpeckers, a fine male Lesser Spot and an obliging Short-eared Owl that was being mobbed by Crows. However there were no Long-eared Owl to be found.