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Monday, 11 April 2011

New Arrivals

On Thurs 7th April, I heard my first Whitethroat of the year singing merrily away at the western end of our road.
On Saturday 9th April. A trip to Waxham, parking at the bend in the road and taking the path heading east and then south along the top of the Dunes, eventually saw me looking out over the fields just north and east of Poplar farm and with Neil M I saw 2 very distant Dotterel, a male and more brightly attired female running around in the field around the 3rd post marker in the background. At one stage they flew off and west in the direction of Heigham Homes but I am reliably informed they flew back, I had departed by this stage. 2 Swallow flew south along the dunes as we walked back.
Sunday 9th April, at the end of Link's Road the excellent Iceland Gull was perched on the groyne preening and maybe preparing for its long journey back north?
Looking down on the Denes by the Oval I could see Don & Gwen and they were looking at 3 Wheatear 2 male and 1 female by the water tap.
A walk along Kessingland Dunes revealed a Swallow flying around the sluice but no sign of the hoped for Shore Larks. A Sand Martin flying north was my belated first of the year.
2 Wheatears (both males; one seen at the back of the sluice on the fence and 1 flying west over the Dunes walking back) concluded my trip.
A look in the local woodland revealed just 5 Adders (3 very smart males in silver/ black scaly suits and 2 more sombrely attired females) just before and after the best area where incredibly a whole family had gathered and were having their picnic. Of all the places to set up! A look around the area after they had gone failed to reveal any further Snakes which had understandably fled the scene. It was obvious from the smart males that several of the Adders had shed their old skin and 1 shed skin was found just before the main area.

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