A visit to Ormesby Little Broad on 5th produced at least 1 Garden Warbler which allowed good views. On 7th a Spoonbill was seen from Breydon Bridge while after work I headed to Filby Broad to look for a Night Heron found earlier by Ken Saul. I was joined by Tony Stride but as the bird hadn't been seen since the original sighting we weren't optimistic! However, after an uneventful 45 minutes I spotted the bird in flight although it flew away from us. Although I didn't get much of a look at the head pattern the pale grey wings and dark back left no doubt about the id. It then dropped behind trees at the back of the Broad. Although a better view would have been nice Tony & myself were the only observers other than the finders to see this bird so it was a case of considering ourselves fortunate to have seen the bird at all.
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On 18th news came through of a Caspian Tern at Potter Heigham marshes. It was a day of heavy showers and the thought of being caught out in the open wasn't very appealing but fortunately somebody had realised that the island the bird was favouring was visible from the boatyard carpark at the bottom of Cess Road, Martham. I arrived to be told the bird had flown but luckily it soon reappeared and went on to provide good views despite the wet weather. Caspain Tern is a real brute of a bird and I often refer to it as a Common Tern on steriods! The huge size and massive bright red bill render it unmistakable! Hobby and Cuckoo were also noted.