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Monday, 17 December 2012


Dave Ousey a mate from Rochdale and Steve K a mate of his,  were offering a place to go down for the Hornemann's Arctic Redpoll at Aldeburgh, I took the offer and early this morning I met them at Ferrybridge Services and we headed off down there, when we arrived we were met by a lot of long faces as the bird hadn’t been seen however we set off searching and fortunately within ten mins we came across a group of birders who had just found it, a superb little snowball it then proceeded to show really well for the next hour or two. After our fill of the bird and a little lunch we went round to Dunwich Heath where up to six Dartford Warblers flitted around but never posed for more than a couple of seconds, also a pair of Stonechats in the area, then after a brief look out to sea we decided to head back to Thorpeness and check out the North Warren RSPB Reserve where a couple of Taiga Bean Geese had been seen this morning, half a dozen Waxwings were seen in a roadside hedge en route, we found the large flock of mainly Barnacle Geese with a few Dark Bellied Brents, Whitefronts, Greylags and Canada's with them but no sign of the Bean Geese although intriguingly three Red Breasted Geese accompanied them but with no mention of them anywhere I assume they must be regarded as escapes, there was also a good selection of Wildfowl present, as well as several Little Egrets, plus male Marsh Harrier and Peregrine hunting over the reserve. 
not the best of perches or backdrops at first

it eventually chose some better ones

Deer on Dunwich Heath

The Dunwich coastline

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