April started with the 2 Slavonian Grebes (now almost in summer plumage) still on Ormesby Broad and the Great White Egret still at Ormesby Little Broad plus my first Swallows, Sand Martins and Blackcaps. On 7th I noted my first House Martin while on the 11th there were 37 Goldeneye in a single flock on Ormesby Little Broad and the Long-tailed Duck still on Filby Broad.
Highlight of the month occurred on 14th when a 'coffee' coloured Gull flew over Breydon Bridge. I knew instantly that it was either a Glaucous or Iceland Gull and was worried that it might move off before I'd achieved managed to identify it! Luckily, it settled on the mud at the mouth of the Bure and I was able to confirm the id as an Iceland Gull based on it's structure, rounded head, and a mostly dark bill. I was able to take a stroll along the footpath beside ASDA from where quite reasonable views were obtained although as I was at work I didn't have my camera with me.
On 17th my first Sandwich Tern of the year flew over Breydon Bridge while on the 20th a visit to Martham Broad and Horsey produced my first Large Red Damselfly of the year and also my first Sedge Warblers.
|An aggressive Greylag Goose at Strumpshaw.|
On 23rd I had an enjoyable visit to Strumpshaw with the highlight being 2 pairs of Gargeney from tower hide although they spent much of the time asleep out of view. Other species new for the year included Hobby, Common Tern and Grasshopper & Reed Warblers as well as some nice Orange Tip Butterflies. I then moved on to Cantley marshes hoping to see a Grey Phalarope but the pool the bird was said to be on was only viewable distantly and a severe heat haze made viewing almost impossible.
Finally, my first Whitethroat was at Winterton on 26th and my first Swift over Rollesby Broad on 29th.