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Norfolk: Breckland in spring

9th April 2011

Margaret's foot has healed well enough to enable her to drive, but we decided it was wise to keep walking to a minimum for the time being. Thinking of reserves with hides close to the carpark I came up with Weeting Heath. Cathy had never seen Stone Curlews, so this seemed like a good plan of action. By the time we got there a strong heat haze was distorting the edge of the grassland, but we still managed a blurry Stone Curlew going about its business. After a while it flew slightly closer, whilst another one took its place in the haze. Two Buzzards soared over the nearby woods, but we searched in vain for Woodlark.

Rather than eat in the carpark I suggested we go to St Helen's picnic site at Santon Downham/Warren. Along the entrance track we saw Jim, who wasn't having a lot of luck pinning down birds in the plantation. We had lunch in the sunshine, and managed to see eight Crossbills, which flew over before settling in trees on the Suffolk side of the river. We arrived back in Norwich in plenty of time to see the football, which on reflection was probably an error.

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