June 2021 was one of my best ever months birding! Often, June is rather uneventful but this year proved to be the complete opposite.
The month started with an evening to to Winterton on 3rd where both Red-backed Shrike and Rose-coloured Starling had been seen. The Starling had flown off but, after a short wait, I relocated the Shrike and went on to enjoy good views. With it's grey crown and nape, rich chestnut mantle, black face mask and whitish underparts this is one of my favourite birds and always a delight to see.
On 6th I headed to Hickling NWT where a female Red-footed Falcon had been seen. A number of Hobby were dashing about over the reeds but sadly no sign of their rarer relative. 4+ Cranes were seen and a Bittern was heard booming.
I was at work on 21st when I received amazing news of 9 Bee-eaters just down the road on waste ground behind Gapton Hall retail park. I was soon on site and, after an anxious wait, the birds were located on wires over the marshes. Although mostly quite distant nice telescope views were obtained of these delightful birds. They were making frequent flights over the marshes and very hard to count as often not all the birds were visible at the same time.
Next day a visit to Hickling NWT provided distant views views of a pair of Black-winged Stilts while Spoonbill and Red Kite were also noted. I had a wander around the reserve hoping to locate Swallowtail with no joy only for 1 to briefly land on my car as I was packing up!