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Saturday, 24 May 2014

Start of the summer doldrums?

On Saturday 24th May, 3 adults and 10 immatures Starlings seen outside the front of the house, 4 immatures and 2 adults fed on the from tlawn. No sooner has Springwatch been officially announced that it is broadcasting from RSPB Minsmere for the next 3 years, then you realise that the bulk of the spring migration is over and with mainly southerly (Not south- easterly winds as predicted) it was in retrospect not surprising that very little was seen today. Nothing seen around the Scores or the Netposts save for 2 adult Magpies soaking up the warm sun on the steps of the Lowestoft Registry office! Down at Ness Point, always worth a look for waders on southerly winds, no initial sign of the Sanderling but 8 Turnstone were on the rocks mostly asleep including 1 very smart summer plumaged individual. This bird was asleep for most of the time when it was sunny and it was only when it started to cloud up that it woke up (see header picture) As I was walking back I saw 5 Sanderling fly south over the sea, 1 summer plumaged individual seen amongst them.

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