Saturday 1st June 2019

A simply amazing day in the field for our final day trip of the spring season.

Our day started in the Norfolk Broads where we had the most spectacular sightings of up to three EUROPEAN SWALLOWTAILS at extremely close range. Other species of note included SCARCE CHASERS, RED-EYED DAMSELFLY, BRIMSTONE BUTTERFLIES, VARIABLE DAMSELFLY and a single NORFOLK HAWKER. The birds weren't too bad either with RED KITE, WESTERN MARSH HARRIER, EURASIAN SPARROWHAWK, GARDEN WARBLER, CETTI'S WARBLER & MARSH TIT.

After lunch we visited another site where 8 NORFOLK HAWKERS were busy feeding in the open glades plus another EUROPEAN SWALLOWTAIL was seen.

Our day concluded with a lovely Fish and Chip meal before heading out on to the Suffolk heathlands. DARTFORD WARBLERS, WOODLARK, TAWNY OWL, two EURASIAN HOBBIES, EUROPEAN STONECHAT and a brief male COMMON REDSTART were seen before the light dropped.

Our first EUROPEAN NIGHTJARS started churring right on cue and eventually we found a perched bird although the light made viewing tricky. Up to four EUROPEAN NIGHTJARS were recorded making a fine end to the day.