Saturday, 16 June 2012


Only my second ever Roller in Britain, stunning as always... Although there was bright sunshine there was a very strong and chilly north-easterly wind blowing in off the North Sea, that made viewing difficult.  The bird was quite active and feeding a lot of the time, ranging over a vast ploughed field.  Quite an amazing piece of re-location since the birds' initial discovery at Spurn.  Later we went to Spurn on spec (6 Bee-eaters were reported earlier in the day although they had flown south).  We did manage to see a Red-backed Shrike, and Lee picked out a female Red-veined Darter at the Point - a lifer for me!  Thank you to Malcolm and Lee for the trip.

By the way the first pic also shows a rain-bathing Wood Pigeon - interesting behaviour.

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