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Saturday, 16 May 2009

Lush & verdant!


With the onset of some long overdue Spring rain (we had no April showers this year!) the foliage on the local trees is becoming very thick and luxuriant, making it very hard to spot avian spring migrants.
A 4 hour walk around the Lowestoft area yesterday afternoon, revealed a few migrants including a fine male Whinchat in the Corton Old Sewage works compound, whilst overhead a combined tally of 19 Swallows all flew south. Nearby at Dingly Dell at Corton old rail track, a particularly sunny spot revealed a singleton of both Spotted & Pied Flycatchers often seen in active feeding flight. Both these species are particularly acrobatic in their feeding flight and need to be to catch the insects. A particularly "kamakazi" Bank Vole spent a lot of time feeding and running around right in the open on the wide track just past Dingly Dell!
Painted Lady butterflies were noted at Gunton old rail track and Sparrow's Nest park. Whilst viewing the pollarded area of trees behind the Oval, from Gunton cliff a pair of Blackcap showed well briefly and nearby 3 Chiff Chaffs and a newly fledged Blue Tit were seen feeding on insects and caterpillars.  

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