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LOCALBIRDER – LANDGUARD POINT & TRIMLEY MARSHES – Wednesday 25th September 2013

Starting the day off at Landguard Point, a male PEREGRINE perched on a crane in the docks whilst overhead flew two migrant SONG THRUSHES. The bushes on the common were quiet, although a couple of LESSER WHITETHROAT were good to see.

Further south on the common we came across a small flock of WHEATEAR and several YELLOW WAGTAILS, also a confiding DUNLIN that was very tame. After a hot drink in the cafe, we made our way over to Trimley Marshes where we enjoyed lunch in the warm sunshine.

A SPARROWHAWK and a pair of COMMON BUZZARDS were noted and once we reached the reserve we found MEDITERRANEAN GULL, BARNACLE GOOSE, more COMMON BUZZARDS and a hunting HOBBY. A KINGFISHER was seen flying around one of the scrapes and the high tide wader roost just produced SNIPE, SPOTTTED REDSHANK, RUFF, BLACK-TAILED GODWIT and LAPWINGS.

The highlight of the afternoon were the stunning views of a female PEREGRINE hunting low over the scrapes before landing on an island in perfect light. Our walk back produced a good flock of LONG-TAILED TITS plus a male BULLFINCH.