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Sunday, 3 January 2016

New Year's Day birding

Friday 1st January, first stop at the brick bridge overlooking a very low tide Lake Lothing revealed precisely nothing! No GNDiver in half hour look, no Kingfisher, no Little Grebe. However I did see male Pintail, c10 Gadwall, 3 Wigeon on Leathes Ham. A stop at the "fly-tip" to look at some Swans flying over the road- 3 Mutes revealed a Chiff- Chaff in bushes along the right field entrance. The approach road to Covehithe just past the corner revealed several Chaffinches and up to 5 Yellowhammers including 2 smart males. perched on the hedgerow intersecting 2 fields and leading to the corner of the road. I met Maurice B. who'd just been down to the Broad. A walk down to Covehithe Broad revealed 8 Goldeneye along the northern bit of the broad, 3 smart males and 5 females. Later the males and 2 females flew over to the southern section of the Broad. Another photographer was on the beach and right in front of him by the edge of the northern broad swimming vigorously left was the close fine Slavonian Grebe. It then swam left by the edge of the reeds and I managed to get a few pics before it swam through the gap of the reeds and did a loop around and swam in front of the reeds right in front of us barely a few feet away giving superlative views and showing well for the camera too although it was continuously on the move. I then started to fish right in front of us but frustratingly most of the time it fished it had it's back to us whilst fishing and devouring the fish, but a couple of good shots were obtained. We also had a rogue pig, a sow, lolloping through the Dunes, on the beach ripping up the Marram grass vigorously. Back at the Brick rail bridge overlooking Lake Lothing the Great Northern Diver was mid distance and as if to apologise for its earlier absence it caught a fish and promptly devoured it. 2 Little Grebe also seen and a Kingfisher flew over the river. Going straight up to Burgh Castle, the water was in and at the viewpoint there were 2 groups of Redshank on the far bank the bird had disappeared but I picked it up again a smaller greyer bird, the fine Lesser Yellowlegs with fine pencil thin bill, it sat behind some Redshanks and when it stood up it showed its yellow legs. There were also 1 Spotted Redshank seen too. A Sparrowhawk was seen perched on a distant fence on Berney marshes left of the farm.

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