Back from the Highlands and Mull

May 19
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Despite the heavy rain showers and traffic, we made good time to the Norfolk border - where we could start listing month birds again. Abbey Farm added Kingfisher and Little Owl and several commoner species, we'd totted up 45 before getting to Blakeney Freshmarsh. The wind has become a southwesterly so birds may depart. Doubting - correctly - that we could park at the entrance to Friary Hills as usual, we did so in the Harbour P and D. Easing legs and backs stiff from the journey, we turned left just past the duckpond and had an excellent scope view of a Woodchat Shrike perched in a semi bare hawthorn bush. Bob was there too, taking great pics through his scope. I look forward to receiving them for the next Newsletter.
The views of the Collared Pratincole from the top of Friary Hills were much less satisfactory. We did get scope views of the bird on the deck and flying but, very distantly. Apparently it's better in the mornings at Cley Eye Field.

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