Tuesday, June 20, 2006
Monty's Return Part 1
Gill and I travelled to Norfolk on the evening of Weds 14th June. We were staying between Hickling and Sea Palling. Thursday morning was cool, bright and breezy. As we were looking for Swallowtail butterflies, we headed a couple of miles to Potter Heigham, and walked to Hickling Broad from there. From Rush Hills hide, we found a pair of Avocets and a pair of Common Terns. As we walked along, Marsh Harriers showed well, as did Sedge Warblers. No butterflies yet, but eventually a couple of Small Whites and Painted Ladies appeared. Soon we paused for a rest, and our first Swallowtail flew past. As we walked back to the car, we saw a couple more of them briefly, and a few Hobbies. That afternoon, we went to How Hills, near Stalham, and walked along the riverbank for a short way. About 8 Swallowtails were seen, and a Kingfisher, and several dragonflies, including our first Norfolk Hawkers.