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Monday, 22 February 2010

Local birds


Yesterday, finally getting out after torrential rain during the morning on Sunday 21st February, during the afternoon, the 1st winter Ruddy Shelduck was seen, still in the field just south of Burnt hill lane, again with 22 Egyptian Geese. It was at the front of the flock but walked back a few yards and promptly went to sleep.
Still no sign of Waxwings, visiting spots where they'd been seen recently and historically, I decided to visit Pakefield beach near the CEFAS Lab and immediately spotted 2 Mediterranean Gulls (1 ad W, 1 2nd W bird) on the beach we abruptly flew off chased off by the inevitable dog. The 2nd winter bird did return briefly before being chased off by our canine friend (another one this time!) again.
At Ness Point 12 Turnstone and 3 Purple Sandpiper were on the finger, whilst on the defence rocks at the nortern end of Ness Point 3 Turnstone and 2 Purple Sandpiper seen here also, so 5 Purple Sandpipers in total.
Back home, during the rain soaked morning the Bullfinches (both male & female) visited the garden again briefly visiting the flowering cherry feeding off the buds again very briefly at 12.05pm and a lone Redwing perched up in the same tree at 2.15pm.  

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