29th June 2012
I popped down to Thorpe Marsh in the afternoon, hoping that the sunshine would bring out a Red Kite or two. Walking along towards the style an Emperor dragonfly flew over to a pool beside the path, and a couple of Norfolk Hawkers were patrolling the ditch. I spotted Paul sat on the fence, and stopped for a chat as we scanned over the marshes. Part way through our conversation I became aware of a singing Skylark nearby, and I was enjoying the song when it suddenly occurred to me that I hadn't seen one on the patch this year (or ever at Thorpe). It was actually a patch year tick for both of us, taking me up to 105 and Paul to 96.
After Paul had gone I continued my way around the site, seeing a Little Ringed Plover and 6 Lapwings on the scrape. There were more Norfolk Hawkers and a female Black-tailed Skimmer over the ditches, and my first Red Admiral of the year flew along the riverbank path. Part way round I caught up with Reg Land, who was having a look round to help him come up with a management plan for the site. There was little else of interest on the way back to the footbridge, but I did get good views of a Peregrine flying along Thorpe Road on my way home.