Sunday, 21 November 2010

Surlingham and surrounds

Arriving at Coldham Hall car park, the smell of Sunday roasts from within reminded me I should book a table here for a sit down meal over Christmas. The small tracts of RSPB managed marsh and reed beds were quiet, save for a Cettis and the odd vocal Reed Bunting. A young Marsh Harrier, not presumed Northern, passed through in comfort despite being harried by a Crow. A largish flock of Siskin called but refused to settle.
Down at the patch, a record count of 100+ Greylag Geese were on the marshes at Wood's End. A muddy puddle held a Herring Gull and intriguingly a Green Sandpiper. A march round to the hides and I was able to take in the usual Long Tailed Tits, Blackbirds and the odd Redwing. Despite the noise from the rifle range, a few Mallard were loafing in the lagoon, and just as I was thinking the muddy margins looked promising, presumably the same Green Sandpiper dropped in. A good bird for the site, and this individual fed and settled well, unlike the birds I saw in August. A female Sparrowhawk was also out for a feed, much to the annoyance of the local thrushes.
Finally, I caught up with some Siskin on the patch, a mixed flock including Goldfinch flew overhead as I headed back to the car. Less water about today, although wellies still a must.
Hoping for some Owls, I finished off at the marshes around Langley and Claxton. The Corvid roost is by now quite a spectacle, and a single Barn Owl made for a nice finish to the afternoon as darkness fell.

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