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Sunday, 2 August 2009

The Return & Summer Surprise



A very pleasant early Sunday morning stroll from 8am along the Lowestoft North Beach seawall,
was initially disappointing with no hoped for birds in Links Road car park.
On the old groynes several Common terns were seen and on another they were joined by an immature Kittiwake. On the seaweed encrusted rocks (a wreck of the original seawall) a group of Turnstone and 3 Dunlin, one bird in still reasonably good summer plumage (rufus back and black belly patch) fed on invertebrates amongst the seaweed. 
Amongst the Gulls on the Oval stood a roosting adult Yellow- legged Gull, which when disturbed by the groundsman flew past me and eventually settled on the groynes.
At Ness Point, a very welcome but unseasonal fine summer plumaged Purple Sandpiper, complete with dark cap more rufus back and black mottled band on its breast with more streaking on its back than the more usual ones seen in the winter, fed on the seaweed encrusted prominentary or "finger"
Nearby, a fine resplendent white headed juvenile Yellow- legged Gull stood on another groyne.  

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