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Sunday, 2 April 2017

Start of the Easter holidays


Last Thursday, the 30th March, I visited Pitsford Reservoir and watched a fire take place between the Mattress Hide and the Causeway. It started by two Canoeists setting off a firework which caught the reeds but the fire brigade came out and quickly diffused it all.

Friday, my efforts had been rewarded with four patch year ticks, the best being a Sandwich Tern which flew north up the reservoir at 09:10 and was a nice county tick! The other ticks being three Little Ringed Plovers, three Blackcap and a Feral Pigeon flying north. Other birds include 12+ Brambling at the Pines, a Kingfisher, a Redshank, two Oystercatchers, a Green Sandpiper, two Raven, 85+ Sand Martin and the Slavonian Grebe which is starting to moult into its summer plumage.

Saturday came thundering along with a early wake up call of 4am so I could try and get to Suffolk for as early as possible. This was hindered by my brother who does not like early starts but once he was out there, he surprisingly enjoyed it even more so when he was using my camera. Can I make a birder out of him yet? So, my mum, my brother and myself arrived at Landguard at around nine to meet Ellie Zantboer, her little brother and her dad, Justin. We started off by doing a net round catching a Chiffchaff and two Robins then Ellie gave me a 'tour' round Landguard. There wasn't much around but we did manage to see a Black Redstart but still, a nice area even with the constant noise of Felixstowe Port in the background. Afterwards, we moved onto Trimley Marshes where the highlights were a adult Little Gull and a 1st winter Caspian Gull. Some of the birds that were common there but definitely not common back home included Avocets, Black Tailed Godwits, Brent Geese, Cetti's Warbler and a Peregrine. No amazing birds but overall a really good day and nice to go birding in a new area.

Sunday, today saw me back at patch and almost straight away I found a Short Eared Owl flying over the Scaldwell Bay heading west, another county tick! However, it turned out to be a quiet day in the end but a steady but small stream of Linnets and Meadow Pipits were heading north with the odd Pied Wagtail thrown in for good measure. Other birds include a Raven, a Marsh Tit, a Kingfisher, a Green Sandpiper, a Redshank, two Oystercatchers, two Willow Tit and 30+ Sand Martin.



Little Grebe courtesy of Joseph Spinks

Little Grebe


Mute Swan

Little Gull

Ashy Mining Bees

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