Sunday, 27 June 2021

Rock 'n' Rollering

Twitching - there's a novelty! I've not done that for a while (for the obvious reasons - lockdown, global pandemic, Covid etc) so the opportunity to see a European Roller - a showy one at that! Just over an hours drive away into Suffolk was too good an opportunity to miss.

Straight from work Thursday evening, up the M11, across the A11 towards Icklingham and I was soon standing on the side of the road over looking a sheep field - It could have been any field in east Anglia really. But there, on the telegraph wires stretching across the field was the unmistakable azure blue of a Roller - just imagine being the finder? They (as we all do) must have checked hundreds, if not thousands of birds perched on telegraph wires over the years for it to be just another Starling or Pigeon! So I can only imagine their delight and amazement to see this Southern European wanderer looking back at them - what a rush that must have been.

I was probably on site for about an hour, watching the bird mostly perched, static on the wires with the occasional short flight, as it dropped to the ground to collect what looked like rather large earthworms before returning to the telegraph wires. As twitching goes (and I don't do much anymore) I've become much more selective in which birds I would like to go and see, gone are the days of pursuing UK ticks and spending hours in a car just for a distant dot on the horizon. I'd much rather see fewer rare birds but the one's I do (hopefully) see, I see well!

A hugely enjoyable little twitch, with a great subject and excellent views, plus it was good to briefly catch-up with a few familiar faces as well - That's my kind off twitching!

Icklingham, Suffolk

Icklingham, Suffolk

Icklingham, Suffolk

Icklingham, Suffolk