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Sunday, 20 January 2013

The Big Freeze continues

Another bitterly cold day compounded by a freshning north- east wind. Fallowfields again failed to reveal anything significant early morning, but 6 fine Fieldfare flew north right over the house as I was walking up to the front door! Late morning, at Hamilton Dock, the purple patch continues with the majestic Great Northern Diver was seen half way out, it began to swim closer but some birdwatchers arrived and halted its advance. In the north- east corner bay, 2 Sanderling seen (my first for this year and for a while at this location) plus a Purple Sandpiper. 6 Brent Geese flew over the eastern edge of the dock flying south. Whilst on the rocky ledge, 2 Ringed Plover seen. Arriving at Oulton Broad, a 2 hour vigil in the bitterly cold was literally bitterly disappointing (I am still await my first sighting of a large white- winged Gull on OB) with lots of Gulls except the sought after Glauc seen (missed the message yesterday as my phone was on charge) and 6 close Great- crested Grebes relatively close in, plus a single Dunlin flew west directly over the edge of the Boulevard the only avian crumbs on offer.

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