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Sunday, 3 January 2016

Covehithe Broad again

Walking down to the Broad on Sunday 3rd January, I saw 5 Mutes on the west end of the Broad and most gratifying the 9 Bewick's Swans seen along the south- western section mostly feeding with the rear ends sticking up above the waterline and their head neck and upper body submerged. The Slavonian Grebe was swimming along the southern section of the Broad close to the beach again showing well. There were 4 Goldeneye, 2 males and 2 females were seen. Turning my attention to the sea, 2 Red- throated Divers flew south, the several groups of Little Gulls seen 34 in total. Around 8 single adult Kittiwakes flew past going south. First a group of 8 Little Gull flew south getting closer and closer until they were over the beach and then they flew over the back of the Broad then flying south. Another group of 6 Little Gull flew south, did exactly the same. Further groups of 5, 5, 2, 1, 4, 1 and 2 Little Gulls flew south. The a dark small cigar shaped bird flew (flap flap glide) the arcs and shearing down and then up again, it was a fine Sooty Shearwater flying north. groups 30 and 5 Teal> flew south. a group of 30 Wigeon including 1 male Pintail at the back flew south. 15, 5 Dunlin flew south whilst another 5 Dunlin flew in off and over the Broad.

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