Went to Hickling Broads with Matt today in the hope of getting the Baird's Sandpiper which had been present for two days. Both of us needed it as lifers so we decided to go. Matt drove and we got to Hickling about 9.30am. We soon managed to locate the bird after it had been flushed by a Hobby. It was in nearly full summer plumage which was really nice and not what I expected as i thought it would be starting to turn.
We then headed on to Hickling Broad NR to have a look for Swallowtail caterpillars. After the first loop of the reserve we hadn't found any but next time with a closer inspection of the Milk Parsley we found three. See picture above.
Also saw two Common Crane at Somerton, flying east. Which was new for the year for us both.