Notes on birds & wildlife from an east coast birder, wildlife enthusiast & photographer
Sunday, 19 February 2012
Iceland Gull at Lowestoft Fish market
A tour around Lowestoft this morning revealed nothing on Oulton Broad as the water was smothered in boats, you couldn't have put more on there was so many, no waxwings at Oulton broad north and nothing along the River Waveney along Riverside road. 3 Sanderling in the beach corner of Hamilton Dock showed well albeit almost directly into the sunlight. A close Oystercatcher was also seen through the fence too.
At Ness Point 8 Purple Sandpiper were on the finger, but were spooked south when a passer-by took off his jacket! They flew north to the rock just 30 yards past the end of Ness Point.
I met Danny P and a big, big thankyou for him taking us, (Rob Wil and I) into the Lowestoft Fish market this afternoon, where he drove to an area just before the car- washer place and I saw a group of gulls just in front of us which included a very close adult Iceland Gull! Inevitably they flew (I found a perched Lesser Black- backed Gull and took a few pics) and we eventually located the Iceland Gull on top of the fish market roof, seated just behind a Great Black- backed Gull. Danny went to buy some bread and no sooner had he thrown it down when the Gull flew over including the Iceland Gull that flew round and settled on the ground, it wandered over before flying up the roof once again. Throwing more bread out it flew down again before flying over to the conceret ramp by the fish market where it perched before flying onto an outduct of Ness Point House.
Also in the harbour were 2 Shag, 1 around 30 metres out and one really close in the corner.
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