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THORPE MARSH: Wader check - none

14th July 2012

With waders starting to pass through again I decided to go to Thorpe in search of a Pectoral Sandpiper (or failing that a Greenshank).  The closest I got was 14 Lapwings, but there's still plenty of time yet.  A young Grey Heron flew onto the scrape and was chased off by an adult.  This spooked the Lapwing up, and enabled me to be reasonably sure that there wasn't anything else lurking behind the rushes.  The Skylark was still singing away overhead, and a male Marsh Harrier flew along the treeline and off towards Postwick.  The water level was high on the broad, with just a Pied Wagtail on the small area of shingle that was above water.  One Common Tern circled over then headed back to Whitlingham.

On the way back I called in to Carey's Meadow, seeing a Fox.  The avian highlight was a Bullfinch calling from deep within a bush near the railway line.  Several butterflies were around, mostly Meadow Brown and Ringlets, with one Large Skipper.

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