Sunday April 19
Still a northerly wind which has backed a little to the west. Where to go birding? Cantley Beet Factory was the decision. Two other cars in the car park but these turned out to belong to anglers not birders. The quarter of a mile walk to what we call lumpy lagoon - the mud lumps look like the Giants Causeway-brought 2 singing Blackcaps.
Walking uphill to the exposed edges of the pool, it was very obvious that the water level was extremely low compared with previous visits. Much more scope for waders to hide.
One Green Sandpiper was immediately spooked and flew off. Reaching the far edge, we scoped the extensive lagoon, noticing several waders at the far edge including Wood Sandpipers and Greenshank. BVD - Better views desired - so we walked on, trying to use the odd hawthorn bush as cover. Improved viewing added 21 Ruff/Reeves, 3 Wood Sandpipers, 3 Spotted Redshanks and 2 Greenshank. Completing a full circuit of the lagoon we heard a Garden Warbler and saw Common Whitethroat and another Blackcap. A flock of 12 Curlew flew over and a Kingfisher patrolled the river bank.
As we were so near, we also did Buckenham Marshes which looked lovely in the sunlight but, apart from Lapwing, had no waders at all.