Sunday, 20 November 2011

Back to Lowestoft

On a beautiful day Patrick and I set off for Lowestoft with the news that Hume's Yellow-browed Warblers were still to be seen.  Eventually we found ourselves behind the Royal Falcon pub staring into scrub on the cliff side.  After a while we were lucky to see this tiny warbler flitting around ivy clumps on Sycamore trees.  A first in the UK for me.  I was also pleased to catch up with old friends Gerald Jobson, Andrew Gregory and Tim Brown son of my dear lat friend Brian.

We then grabbed some lunch and checked out Ness Point where there was still a Purple Sandpiper and plenty of Turnstones.  We moved on to Covehithe and walked down to Benacre Broad and sat in the hide.  Here there were hundreds of noisy Greylag Geese and about 70 Barnacle Geese.  Also 2 Spotted Redshanks amongst the numerous Lapwings.  Suddenly the Barnacle Geese took off and flew off returning a moment later with c20 White-fronted Geese  10 grey geese flying high over the sea later might have been the Tundra Bean Geese but we could not see their heads and bills.

Short-eared Owl taken on Skomer

By now Patrick was anxious to return home as his father David had phoned to say he seen a long-winged owl when he was checking the sheep.  We got back just before dusk in time to see a Short-eared Owl near the sheep paddocks a new bird for the farm.

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