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Friday, 27 August 2010

Windy conditions and more Garden Delights

North- east winds led to 7 calling Whimbrel flying south over Gorleston Library car park and the Lowestoft rd area at 8.55am on Thursday 26th August. A seawatch in the evening revealed 3 Arctic Skuas flying south over the sea with little else seen.
A seawatch again from Ness Point early on Friday 7.30 to 8.40am on the 27th revealed 2 probable Pomarine Skuas flying north separately but they were virtually on the horizon, the squat body shape and flight pattern suited this species. A further 3 Arctic Skuas, 2 and 1 respectively flew south. Whilst sandwich tern flew south and rafts of 30, 10 and 10 Common Scoters and a lone female later flew north. 
A walk down Corton Old rail track revealed nothing save for 2 Migrant Hawkers but when I arrived home the garden was alive with birds again, with 15 Blue Tit and 10 long- tailed Tits very active again all over the garden they were joined loosely by up to 3 Chiff- Chaff, 2 of their number even bathed for some time in the bird bath.
Best of all was a wonderful Hobby, only my second garden record, which I was alerted to at 6.22pm by the alarm calls of the local House Martins. This very agile, slim Falcon scythed its way quickly over the Fallowfields and west over the garden, clipping the garden airspace before disappearing all too quickly west and out of sight. This has been my only Suffolk sighting of this species this year so far.
Not to be out done, another second record for the garden was seen in the form of a Lesser Whitethroat they fed around the Wisteria close to the garage. I managed a few shots of the bird. One Long- tailed Tit ventured even closer frequenting the Honeysuckle in front of the bedroom window. A Robin was also seen later.

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