Snettisham Norfolk June 2008.

I hadnt been out birding with my dad for a while so we both visited snettisham for the morning. The weather started off lovely but soon turned grey and cloudier. There were plenty of swifts moving through first thing.

We headed to the hides to view the terns and waders present on the islands. Along the path i came face to face with a young hare which kept running towards me before darting up the bank unsure of what direction to go.

Whilst scanning through the birds i noticed a Mediteranean gull along the waters edge before it moved up onto the bank amongst black tailed godwits. When my dad had moved to the same hide the gull had moved but on scanning we were to find at least 7 adult and 1 juvenile Med gulls. There were 2s, adult and non breeding adult all present and good views were had.

The colour of the black tailed godwits were stunning, and the numbers kept increasing throughout our stay. There were quite a few young avocets around, but anything that came too close to them were soon dispatched by the adults.

A small group of redshank were present further along the water line from the hide we were in and on scanning through i picked out a spanking adult spotted redshank, luckily it came closer to the hide and gave great views, what a cracking bird and the first jet black adult we had seen.