Smew at Filby Broad......
A text from Ken Saul (9th) reporting a Smew on Filby Broad, warranted a trip there, now, just a short drive away.
Eventually the ‘redhead’ Smew was found, albeit a considerable distance away and several Goldeneye were seen also.
Copulating Cranes and a fly-past......
A return to Filby (14th), where once again, a duck Goosander had been reported on Ormesby Little Broad.
No sign of a Goosander but two sightings of a Kingfisher, Water Rail, Marsh Tit, 16 Tufted Duck, a pair of Goldeneye, with the drake displaying and 3 Fieldfares over made the visit more than worthwhile.
Onto the Thurne area, where the highlight of the day was seeing a pair, of Cranes mate for the first time. A highly tentative and delicate balancing act by the male was the first act in hopefully more of this fantastic bird. A total of 10 Cranes were seen, with them finally flying over my position calling. A Common Buzzard was also seen here.
Cranes continued on:
Goldeneye Great Crested Grebe
Mute Swan Water Rail
Cranes' mating ritual.......