A sunny Friday off work for both of us so we safely headed to our nearest stretch of coast.
This is of course the Southwold area but knowing the town may well have been packed we stopped short andf went for a short wander at Hen Reedbeds. The whole place was full of early spring activity with Bearded Tits and Reed Buntings much in evidence plus 3 Cetti's Warblers and 3 Marsh Harriers with displaying and gathering of nest material seen. The bird I wanted to see however remained elusive for some while until it finally swam into view on a pool in the reeds - my first Taiga Bean Goose ever outside the Yare Valley.
Our main exercise was however a long walk at nearby Covehithe. Along an ivy-covered hedge I was surprised to find a very early Small White and down at Covehithe Broad the wintering male Long-tailed Duck was still present and looking a bit nicer than it was in December. A single drake Shoveler was also on the broad and I also had several flight/calling views of a Water Pipit which favoured the reeds on the near edge. We also found some good patches of Wild Daffodils along the lanes inland of Beach Farm.
On Saturday, visiting Mum in Norwich I stopped by a Mangreen Quarry where 2 Green Sandpipers were seen easily and well.
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