I had taken a weeks holiday spending some of the week in Norfolk, (see last blog) so the rest of my time will be spent around Home and a couple of Day trips just over the border.
Friday was spent at Ely so there wasn't much birding except for a few tickable Muscovy Ducks ;-)
Saturday I felt id better stay on patch, I was neglecting it somewhat, I was reminded how good it can be with 5 Velvet Scoters an adult Shag a few Guillemots, Gannets and Red Throated Diver, all from COSW. A group of 3 and a single Snow Bunting flew north, excellent and then onto Corton Dis Railtrack a Firecrest and a Chiffchaff. a Second Chiffchaff in the NSW area too.
Sunday it was Twitch on with Danny and Rene heading to Mistley for a Forsters Tern and hoping to get the Black Bellied Dipper at Needham Market too. It was a good start as I spotted a cream crown Marsh harrier hunting along Corton long lane. I picked up Rene and Danny and got to Mistley where the Forsters Tern had showed briefly but further up the Stour. So we moved East between here and Rabs ness where the Tern had been found feeding and giving good views, Lifer!!!! Woohoo. Took a few pics of the distant Tern, at least they were good scope views.
We decided to nip for the Dipper and wait for the tide to come in hoping for the Tern to come closer so made the half hour journey up the road to Needham Market where the Dipper was showing amazingly well, albeit in the rain.
We had our fill of this bird and headed back to Mistley for what we hoped was much closer views, unfortunately this wasn't going to happen as the bird didn't want to return until vey late in the day at which point we had decided to make the hour and a bit journey back. We couldn't grumble though it was an excellent day with good birds.