A skittish Lesser Yellowlegs and walks at Gorleston and Gunton, 19 September 2020

I had been wanting to see the juv Lesser Yellowlegs of the last few days at Runham Swims. With Belinda at keep fit on Saturday morning it gave me the opportunity to nip along there. 

The site was a new one for me which is always nice in your own county. The sun was shining and I found the bird almost straight away. It favoured a narrow flood that runs alongside the footpath and with the path on top of a bank getting reasonably close to the bird was challenging, especially as it was a nervous, skittish individual too! With much sneaking about on hands and knees I eventually got some nice close views of it within photographable range. Also there was a Greenshank that popped in briefly, pinging Bearded Tits and a Marsh Harrier.

After returning home for lunch we headed to the coast for the afternoon. Firstly to Gorleston riverside where I had directions to some Gallant Soldier, a new plant for me, and then on to Gunton. There we walked through Gunton Woods and down to the Warren via Dip Farm and then south as far as North Denes. There was very little migrant activity with just 2 Wheatears in the compound opposite Denes Oval, c45 Wigeon south plus a worn late Brown Argus and a few Small Coppers.

                                                                                                                                     Lesser Yellowlegs

                                                                                                                                      Gallant Soldier
                                                                                                                                         Brown Argus

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