Tuesday 13 February 2024

Lowestoft Life - 12th & 13th February 2024

Yesterday saw us back out in the easterly Broads – not really a wildlife related excursion, more of a drive in the sunshine and lunch at Waxham. The Pink-feet were still in fine voice around the inland fields and Marsh Harriers and Buzzards were obvious as usual but the Cattle Egrets were not with the very muddy Galloways this time.

A stop at Rollesby failed to produce the Great Northern Diver or Smew but the Great Crested Grebes were splendid and all decked out in their spring finery.  I suspect that that they may be one of our most under watched resident birds.  Those head plumes are sensational and of course look better on the bird than on a hat.  A Woodcock came out of the Alders and performed a lengthy circuit and was illuminated all the way. A real treat.

An attempt for Purple Sandpipers naturally failed once again although their were 21 Turnstone and six adult Med Gulls at the end of Links Road.

This morning I persuaded myself to get up early and headed down to Kessingland for a walk along the beach.  It was pleasant enough and not even that doggy but I could not find the solitary Lapland Bunting in the miles of shingle and Marram.

The flock of 60 Snow Buntings flew over my head and the entire length of the beach towards Pakefield and I could not be bothered to tramp back that way again.  Skylarks were in fine voice and quite approachable and I put up a couple of Meadow Pipits and a pair of Stonechat while Dunnocks and Reed Buntings were in the Sea Buckthorn where Robins and Blackbirds hovered to pick the last of the now white berries.

Snow Buntings!

Back at the car a pair of ringed Long-tailed Tits were captivated by their reflections in a car window and spent and age flying back and forth to check out the neighbours while a Dunnock watched what they were doing.

Long-tailed Tits



I stopped at St Edmund’s Church on the way out and quickly found Luffia lapidella on several gravestones while I found the same at St Nicholas in Wrentham along with fresh Ectoedemia heringella and some nice clumps of flowering Primroses with the odd Celandine amongst them,  Spring is not far away.

St Edmund’s, Kessingland - a grand thatch

Luffia lapidella

Polypody Ferns

St Nicholas - Wrentham  

Laffia lappidella -  can you see it?

Luffia lapidella - such camouflage

Ectoedemia heringella

This huge Laurel will be amazing when it blooms

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