I got the call from Simon around 3.00, telling me that there was a Cetti’s Warbler in the reed bed at Felbrigg. I grabbed my stuff and hurried down there. Surprisingly, this is a ‘first’ for Felbrigg, despite their general range expansion and the apparent suitability of the habitat around the Lake. It took a while before we heard it’s characteristic loud ‘ticking’ call and much longer before I managed to get brief but adequate views, as it moved around the reed bed. Depending on how you do the numbers, this is the 200th species recorded in the Aylmerton & Felbrigg area!
Other birds of interest seen whilst waiting for the Cetti’s to appear included a Water Rail in the eastern corner of the reed bed, two male Pochard on the Lake, a Green Sandpiper which flew over-head at dusk and a reasonably well marked Barn Owl out hunting over the adjacent paddocks and water meadow.
Post Script: Spent most of the morning at the allotment, where I was pleased to see Common Darter still around the pond, also Red Admiral and Brimstone butterflies.
Male Common Darter, taken on my phone