Common Tern at Felbrigg – a new bird for me
After several days of non-birding, mostly doing Felbeck Trust stuff and getting ready for next weeks bike ride, following the NCN 1 from North Yorkshire to home, I finally got in to the park this afternoon. Unfortunately someone had turned off the sun, so my hope of catching up with the recently reported Norfolk Hawkers, was rapidly extinguished. As I strolled towards the lake, with a cold north-east breeze blowing and the sea fret rolling in, I fancied a wader, possibly a Curlew – there were plenty moving along the coast on Monday. Having crossed the bridge over the top sluice, I scanned the lake and immediately noticed a distant ‘white bird’ near the dam, assuming it was probably a Black-headed Gull. However, on closer examination, it turned out to be a Common Tern. A Felbrigg tick and an Aylmerton Nature Diary tick as well – bringing my AND total to 153. Remarkably, this is only the fourth reported record of Common Tern at Felbrigg – you might assume that it would be far more frequent, but it isn’t. I called a couple of the local guys and Lee managed to catch up with it, but not before it did one of it’s occasional disappearing acts. A great way to end the week and a good bird to find before this temporary break in posting – back at the weekend.