Since my last post, the floodgates have really opened and the fen looks, feels and sounds like its in full bloom (or should that be boom?!)
The migrants started with a Sand Martin on the 23rd March quickly followed by the blackcaps and Willow warblers. Sedge warbler was a bit late this year, although I thought I had heard brief snatches of song early on 28/3, I didnt tick it until 2/4.
One of the highlights so far was a fine male Ring ouzel along the riverbank on one of my rent a warden walks, this was followed by my first little gull for the fen, which lingered for at least 5 days! Although possibly the rarest bird I will find this year was a fine mixed singing Willow/Chiff, this was my first proper mixed singing bird which gave a very intriguing song comprised of a buzzy speeded up chiff-chaff chiff-chaff x6 follwed by a standard willow warbler song, a brief look at the bird showed it to be a willow.
Other than that it has been more routine, but still good quality stuff, like a pair of Garganey, pair of Cranes (which I house ticked yesterday!). The first cuckoo sung on 15/4 as did my first reed warbler. A very pleasant few weeks, I'm just in need of a decent find now to get my points up on PWC, although self finding the cranes come in from distance last week helped a bit! (up to 124 species for Strumpshaw, Buckenham and Cantley now, although I'm running out of expected species now!)