Sunday, 8 December 2013

And what of Surlingham?

With the utter devastation on the coast wreaked by the storm surge earlier in the week, I was anticipating some potentially harmful flooding at Surlingham Church Marsh having seen Ben's pictures of a very wet Strumpshaw. However, despite some standing water on the north of the reserve and signs that the river had overflown in one or two usual spots, the impact looked akin to that of a heavy storm so hopefully not too much saline crap has seeped into the marshes. On the reserve were 2 Kingfisher, 2 Goldcrest, 2+ Bullfinch, 1 Linnet, 3 Snipe and a few Teal.
Over at Claxton Marshes, 3 Marsh Harrier enjoyed the breeze but the real prize was across the river: 30 Taiga Bean Geese! Glad to have that zoom function on the scope.
Not much doing at Langley Dyke bar a Kestrel and 100's of Pinks somewhere up high, so I headed to some stubble and set aside near Surlingham. A flock of 100+ Linnet was notable, and Greenfinch, Chaffinch and Winter Thrushes were all recorded on similar habitat.

A few good bits in the valley of late which I thought I would collate here, none seen by myself I should add.

Cattle Egret south over Cantley.
Glossy Ibis Strumpshaw Fen
Ringtail Hen Harrier at Church Marsh
2 Waxwing Coldham Hall Carnser.

Conditions set to remain mild and settled for the next week or so, although Debs and I are away next weekend so any further birding will be during the Christmas holiday.

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