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Sunday, 26 July 2009

A White letter day


A morning trip to one of the rides in Dunwich Forest was successful in seeing 2 White- letter Hairstreaks both seen in an Elm tree above the brambles. sadly it was quite windy, so they didn't venture down to feed from the bramble flowers. Other butterflies seen included Commas, Painted Ladies, Large Whites, Small Skippers & Ringlets. But alas there I did not seea single White Admiral. We also witnessed a Brown Hawker dragonfly snatch a Large White butterfly in flight and it flew to a nearby perch to promptly devour it.
Looking over the practice green area on the road to Southwold Harbour, I could see up to 4 Whimbrels but initially there was no sign of my intended quarry until literally a minute later, an immature Black- tailed Godwit flew in.
This bird was of the nominate  "limosa" race and was very distinctive being pale orange buff on the neck and upper breast fading to a pale cream white on the rest of the underparts. The bill appeared longer and straighter than on the usual Black-tailed Godwits. It also appeared to slightly longer legged bird too. The darker browner cap and darker area running through the area highlighted the whitish supercilia. The back and mantle was more coarsely spotted  and the wedge area between the mantle and the wing appeared whiter. A super bird and I was even moved to get the notebook out, sketch it and make notes as I have never knowingly seen this race before. 

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