A Wild Goose Chase in Coastal Suffolk, 16 December 2020

There were a couple of goose flocks I had been wanting to see lately and with a bit of spare time yesterday was the ideal opportunity.

A flock of 25 Tundra Bean Geese in a winter wheat field by the A12 at Wenhaston is the biggest flock I've seen of the species and despite a noisy walk along the A12 verge from the nearest lay-by I got some great views. They had a couple of fly arounds too and on the second ocassion I watched them disappear high to the north. Good timing! They were later relocated at Southwold. A few Fieldfares were the only other items of interest so I move south to flock no.2

This was a flock of c150 Russian White-fronted Geese at North Warren. Along the 'middle path' a Great White Egret did a nice fly-by and I got to the flock of White-fronts just in time for some pics before they were flushed by a farmer! They didn't fly far luckily. Also there were c200 Barnacle Geese and a few Canada Geese and Greylag Geese for the 'set'. 2 drake Pintail and loads of Wigeon were also there.

With plenty of time to spare I moved further south again to Upper Hollesley Common. Despite 2 hours of diligent scanning and searching I dipped the wintering Great Grey Shrike. On my walks I did find 3 Dartford Warblers, 4 Stonechats, Green Woodpecker, Crossbill and a very highly coloured Blusher fungi however.

                                                                                                                              Tundra Bean Geese
                                                                                                                                  Great White Egret
                                                                                                                Russian White-fronted Geese
                                                                                      Barnacle Geese and Russian White-fronted Geese

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