Finding Birds for Sue

Maybe it was time to sit in a field........the raptor watchpoint at Great Ryburgh. It's two years since we did so and the parking area has been moved to a concreted square further away from the trudge up the hill. At least cars will not get bogged down now.
We sat for an hour enjoying the banter amongst a trio of older men we know well by sight, the Thursday Club. We saw at least three Common Buzzards including something I haven't seen before; their swooping, plummeting, steep rising territorial display.Several distant views of Hobbies and a hunting Barn Owl but no Honey Buzzard. The men left, stating that no-one had seen a Honey for three days. Hm.
We had to stop in a field opening soon after leaving - loo stop - where I startled a Hare into flight and we all saw - mine a fleeting glimpse - a Honey Buzzard female glide across the field. We've seen one here before, it must be a flight path.
(Thanks 'anonymous' - who says that there are no Honeys back at GR as yet. Source of imformation? Pam and Sue are both experienced Common Buzzard watchers and were convinced this wasn't one. Who to believe? The jury's out until I ID one for myself).
Titchwell was much warmer to-day, the birds even fewer but interesting with several year ticks for Sue. A Bittern boomed so near to the path that we could hear the intake of breath before the very loud throaty boom. Her mate fed a Little Tern a sand eel which was so large that, despite several attempts, she failed to swallow. Eventually it was pinched by a Gull. Our soporific mood was changed by 2 male and one female Red-crested Pochard flying in.
News of a Red-backed Shrike at Salthouse sent us home via a roadside view of Gramborough Hill - no time to walk there, Sue had an appointment. We quickly scoped the bird perching and, flying from bush to bush, on the landward side of the hill. Excellent.

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