Sunday, 29 October 2017

Cley and Patching

Had a nice day with friends for our regular meet up, always great as we get to cover Cley properly visiting all the hides and the cafe. Highlights on the reserve were 2 Little Stint with many many Ruff and Dunlin.

It was very windy so LBJs were short on the ground, Cettis were heard as was the ping of the Bearded Tit.
A Sandwich Tern arrived with a few Gulls on the spit from the hides.

After a good day around the hides we finished at the beach carpark watching the Gannets feeding very close, a couple more Sandwich Terns, Pintails flying OUT to sea, Red Throated Diver, a few Waders such as Dunlin and Knot and a few Guillemots also a few ducks.
Golden plover were in the fields and a great finish to the day with 4 Snow Bunitngs over our heads as we were saying goodbye.
Lastly nipped into the Iron Rd car park  where the Black Brant had been all day.

Sea Watch from Corton Bench's today was brilliant I had quality rather than up and down the coast they had Quantity.
1 Storm Petrel, Description species for Suffolk
1 Leach's Petrel
1 Eider (fem)
1 Short Eared Owl
1 Bonxie, others had 20+ From Lowestoft
35 Guillemots/Auks, Others had 1200+
6 Red Throated Diver
hundreds if not thousands of mixed Gannets and Cormorants
2 Grey Plover
40 Dunlin
5 Turnstone
1 Curlew
50 Brent Geese
30 Common Scoter
6 Teal
3 Goldeneye
2 Tufted Duck
1 Long tailed duck (juv)
1 Shoveler
1000+ Starlings
6 Shelduck
A passerine that looked like a Lapland Bunting.
2 Rock Pipit
5 Kittiwakes
40+ Med Gulls
All in all great days watching

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