Saturday 21 October 2023

Lowestoft Life - 21st October 2023

A couple of hours in the field this morning took us down to the Links Road car park for a look at the sea and traipse around the Gunton Warren bushes.

The sea was relatively quiet with hundreds of Cormorants and just under a hundred Gannet constantly circulating and fishing, mainly in the violently turbulent water above the sandbars.

Gannets and the waves

The odd Kittiwake was noted and 82 Brent Geese, 6 Teal and single Shoveler, Wigeon and Scoter headed south along with three female Eider.  

Brent Geese

Two Red-throated Divers moved the other way and Little Gulls seemed to be milling about with nine distant ones and 14 close in.  The latter were actively feeding in the breaker zone and afforded wonderful views as they dipped down after invisible morsels.  Most were adults but there were several first-winters too.

Little Gulls

The scrub and bushes were not exactly buzzing but there were certainly visiting Dunnocks and Robins with ticking and peeping from around us along with three each of Goldcrest and Chiffchaff and a small mixed party of Tits.

Long-tailed Tit

Finches moved south with three Greenfinch, 26 Chaffinch, 17 Siskin, three Linnet and seven Goldfinch noted as well as a single Skylark, 14 Meadow Pipit, Rock Pipit, two Grey Wagtails, three Song Thrush and a high flying Mistle Thrush.  There must be something rarer out there!

Back at the car four adult Med Gulls were loafing in the carpark but to the south we could see a band of rain coming in and called it a morning.

Med Gulls

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