I was so shattered when I got home from work, but was determined to make the effort to see the Marsh Warbler at Narborough. I made a quick tea, but then made the huge mistake of having a little rest on the sofa! Next thing I knew it was 8pm. But, I still went out! Local birders will be quite astounded to hear that I have never been to Narborough Way, which I feel very ashamed about to be honest. I had to phone Sue B. to ask for exact directions when I got to the Ship Inn, so embarrasing! Thanks for your help Sue!
As I walked along the river path, I was cross with myself for not visiting this delightful spot before. It was so beautiful, even late in the evening. I eventually came to the correct spot and immediately heard a goldfinch singing in the reeds!!! So that was it and the Marsh Warbler continued to sing on and off until 9pm, but sadly I didn't see it at all, which is totally my own fault for arriving at Mr MW's bedtime! Whilst peering through the reeds with my bins, I spotted a beautiful Banded Demoiselle on a reed stem, which was a nice surprise. Heard a Cuckoo calling and a Great Spotted Woodpecker flew overhead. A Blackbird singing ended my mini birding trip along with a midge festival!
Ashley Banwell has a lovely video of the Marsh Warbler singing with its wonderful choir of birds.
The Blakeney Point Paddyfield Warbler is in the Eastern Daily Press, which incidentially hasn't been seen today, neither has the Blyth's Reed Warbler. So now we will have to wait for James, Kevin or Andy et al to find something else for us – please give us a few day's break to recover first though please! My shoes are still wet from yesterday and the pager is only partly working, it says the battery is low, which it isn't as I put a brand new one in and still says 'low battery' – I will give it the chance to dry out for another day, after that I will have to have little chat with the RBA staff for assistance.