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WHITLINGHAM: Goosander & Red Kite still present

21st April 2014

With a free hour-and-a-half I braved the bank holiday crowds at Whitlingham in the hope of catching up with an Arctic Tern. There had been a reasonable passage of Arctic Terns throughout the country, although few from Norfolk (perhaps migrating straight over?). Either way, I didn't see any terns. The Goosander was still present, showing better than on Friday and also extending my latest record date by another three days. There were no new arrivals, and the only Sedge Warbler heard was across the river at Thorpe. On my way back along Whitlingham Lane the Red Kite flew up above the trees being mobbed by corvids. This was my third sighting of this bird, all along Whitlingham Lane, and it's still exciting to be able to see a kite so close to Norwich.


  1. We spotted what we thought were two red kites over Whitlingham Lane on Saturday 7th June. One swooped over the fields and caught what looked like a rodent. Spectacular to watch.

  2. Hi Julian, thanks for your comment. There has been a passage of Red Kites through Norfolk in the past few weeks, so perhaps one of them was attracted by the long-staying bird. I'll certainly keep an eye out for the next time I visit.