Saturday, 4 February 2017
Southwold and purple sheen at Ness Point
On Friday 3rd February, another A/L day to take and I headed to Southwold Town marshes and parked along the ferry part by the river and walked to the back of the huts, there was a large flock of both 63 European White- fronted Geese with a lone Pink- footed Goose amongst them plus 2 immature Greylag Geese, a large flock of 108 Barnacle Geese and behind another large flock of 112 Canada Geese, a quartet of Pink- footed Geese in a further field, but no sign of the Beans, sadly. A look at Ness Point, it was hide tide and initially 10 Purple Sandpipers were seen on the finger promontory, waves crashing over forced 3 a little closer until they flew by the closer ledge by the compass and they were joined by another making a grand total of 11 Purple Sandpipers, the mid afternoon spotlighted them well and showed the purple off well in their plumage. Nothing else seen at the Point or Hamilton Dock apart from 8 Turnstones.