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Friday, 10 May 2013

Summer Migrants at Filby

Hearing the screaming of Swifts as I drew up at Filby broad car park at around 5.45pm this evening (Friday 10th May), I looked up and eventually counted an incredible 78 Swifts flying overhead. Walking over, a Green- veined White and a fine male Orange Tip were flying around by the dyke. Scanning the broad around 10 Pochard seen and 6 Common Terns, some on the Tern rafts and 2 flying about. I then viewed an excellent Hobby fly west over the road and presumably over the Broad as it disappeared behind some bushes, I picked it up again as it flew west again over the road, this time a little closer, it disappeared behind the bushes again. Walking over to the boardwalk, viewing straight out the Hobby was seen hunting low over the broad flying over the middle of the broad flying first right and then left and then flying further west and the far side of the Broad. The Swifts were again flying overhead, this time in larger numbers and I counted 130 Swifts. A great evening visit with Swift, Orange Tip & Hobby all new for 2013.

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