The weekend before last, I had the immense pleasure of helping out with the BTO's first ever Young Birder's Camp. It was an excellent weekend with some great birding, ringing and nest recording, plus everybody appeared to enjoy themselves as well as make some new friends.
Mya Bambrick and I arrived in Thetford around 3pm and decided to head to Weeting Heath to try and see Stone Curlews. After some really helpful directions by the lady in the visitor centre, we headed for West Hide. We had been in the hide less than a minute before I picked up a distant Stone Curlew in the scope. It was quite tricky to see due to a combination of large distance and rather bad heat haze but we both got decent views and also managed to pick up another bird as well. We then headed round to the Woodland Hide to try and spot some Yellowhammers but sadly none played ball. However we did see a Marsh Tit, numerous Coal Tits and some Chaffinches. Once we'd had enough we headed to The Nunnery, our meeting place and base for the weekend.
Now instead of me writing another blog on what a fabulous weekend it was, I will leave that to some of the brilliant Young Birders who took part.
Here are posts about the weekend from:
Max Hellicar (@MaxHellicar1):
Mya Bambrick (@MyaBamrick1):
Toby Carter (@TobyWarbler):
Luke Nash (@young_birder89):
Elliot Monteith (@Elliot_Monteith):
-> Part 1 - https://elliotsbirdingdiaries.wordpress.com/2016/06/01/bto-young-birders-camp-2016-part-1/
-> Part 2 - https://elliotsbirdingdiaries.wordpress.com/2016/06/02/bto-young-birders-camp-2016-part-2/
-> Part 1 - http://yearofnature.blogspot.co.uk/2016/05/post-411-brilliant-totally-outstanding.html
-> Part 2 - http://yearofnature.blogspot.co.uk/2016/06/post-414-brilliant-totally-outstanding.html