Saturday, 2 March 2013
Twite & Scaup
Late morning I walked over to the Bailey bridge at Southwold/ Walberswick and met Don & Gwen and initially there were no sign of the Twite but walking west on the north side of the river some 300 yards to a wall overlooking saltmarshes, a group of Twite could be seen feeding on the weeds. With warm buff brown faces and when they flew up to the wires, initially totalled 28 Twite, but a further 4 birds joined them, totalling 32 Twite. One bird back on, showed a lovely pink rump. They then all flew eastwards and dropped down into a field, before eventually flying back. walking along, looking over fields towards St Felix school a group of swans, included 39 Bewick's Swans (4 of these were immatures). Driving over to Covehithe, I walked down to the broad, over the far side a fine adult male Scaup seen amongst Tufted Ducks. Whilst out to sea, a group of 5 equally fine Eiders flew north. A large Diver was out to sea, whilst parking just before the "S" bends, I saw male and female Reed Buntings and perched on a bush some 30 feet away, a pair of Bramblings (1 male & 1 female).