White Stork at Dickleburgh Moor, 6 & 8 September 2020

Where else would I spend an hour on a Sunday afternoon?!

News of a White Stork (albeit ringed and dodgy) at Dickleburgh Moor had me hot-footing it down there as it had circled for a bit and then landed. Stephen Howell and John Marchant were both watching it when I arrived and it showed nicely though distantly at the back of the scrape. After about 10 minutes it circled up and after a bit of dithering it headed off south and appeared to land towards Dickleburgh village. 

And into the bargain, the Great White Egret decided to eventually give itself up and appear in the middle of the scrape amongst 39 Little Egrets. Other than that a single Curlew Sandpiper remains plus 5 Dunlin, 4 Ringed Plovers, 4 Greenshank, c10 Ruff, 5 Pintail and 3 Great Crested Grebes. A drive around the lanes where the stork appeared to land yielded nothing but it was located on a telegraph pole in Thorpe Abbots the next day so must have kept going south a bit further than thought.

It was however back on Tuesday 8 September and I even managed a few photos. 3 juv Spotted Redshank found by Ben Moyes were even better. They were my 16th species of wader there and another site tick was Red Kite. Dewicks Plusia moth was a good find by Ben too and on the walk back I found some Pink Water-speedwell to add to the ever growing site plant list.

                                                                                                                                             White Stork 

                                                                                                                                 Great White Egret
Pink Water-speedwell

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