Covehithe and Southwold, 5 December 2020

The day began at Southwold boating lake with a dip of the female Scaup that had been there for a couple of days. We followed that up with a less than inspiring and very muddy walk around the north side of Easton Marshes and along Buss Creek. A calling Bearded Tit was literally the only item of interest so we called it quits and after a quick lunch decided to head for Covehithe.

Luckily things got much better with both a drake Scaup and Long-tailed Duck showing nicely on Covehithe Broad together with 3 Goldeneye, 1 Little Grebe and 6 Gadwall. The field behind the broad held the big feral flock of c400 Barnacle Geese and in their midst was a Barnacle x Canada Goose hybrid. The reedy area to the north of the broad held Bearded Tit and a female Stonechat

Back in Southwold I looked in vain for White-fronted Geese but in doing so scored with a Water Pipit on Town Marsh and a Chiffchaff in reeds and brambles near the pontoon bridge.

                                                                                                                                   Long-tailed Duck
                                                                     Barnacle Geese and Barnacle x Canada hybrid in foreground


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