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Thursday, 23 July 2009

BLUE-CHEEKED BEE-EATER one day - GREAT SPOTTED CUCKOO the next

Just over an hour ago at around 1620 hours, John Furse discovered a juvenile GREAT SPOTTED CUCKOO at Gramborough Hill, just east of Salthouse car park. It was being mobbed by Meadow Pipits and Linnets and as John walked along to study it closer, it flushed and flew across the field to the hedgerows on Meadow Lane.

News was immediately broadcast but over the next half hour the bird could not be relocated. Then, just as John walked back towards where he had first found it, he flushed it again and it whizzed straight back across the field to where 40 or so local birders had gathered.

A short while ago the bird had moved into dense foliage further along the hedgerow bordering the main coastal A149 and was still being looked for by latecomers....

An excellent record. An update will be announced later