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Tuesday, 13 September 2016

Osprey on Blythburgh estuary & Willow Emeralds at Corton

Back home on Saturday 10th Sept, 2 Chiff- Chaffs were heard singing in the garden. On Sunday, a really pleasant trip down to Blythburgh estuary led to me instantly seeing 1 of the Ospreys hunting over the far eastern side of the estuary. Dave H was there too. I looked out upon the estuary 1 then 2 elegant Curlew Sandpipers were feeding out on the mud at the back near the wooden posts sticking up. There bodies were more elongated, slimmer and whiter below with a peachy buff wash on the flanks, Of course they had longer down curved bills. When the Dunlin flew, 3 of the waders sported white rumps proving there were indeed 3 Curlew Sandpipers (no they weren't White- rumped Sands!!) They flew into a dip behind a group of around 15 Dunlin. One of their number included a much taller wp Spotted Redshank seen too. In the afternoon, a look at Corton New SW, revealed a very well marked bright male Migrant Hawker which was seen briefly, but it wouldn't pose at all for the camera. A male Common Darter did though, and also up to 7 Willow Emeralds obliged too, these green iridescent bejewelled insects posed on foliage around the outflow pond area and wooden walkway. 2 amorous S Southern Hawkers were mating and were interlocked 'inflagrento' as they flew together. Averting my gaze, I was approaching the south wood, when suddenly 3 Buzzard (all Common) flew abruptly out of the edge of the wood and flew up and south.

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