Southwold ramble, 6 August 2023

After a wet and miserable Saturday we were keen to blow the cobwebs away with a good walk on Sunday. 

So, Southwold it was with a walk taking in Easton Bavents, Town Marshes and The Denes. A couple of birds of interest were seen - a Great White Egret on Town Marshes and then a faded 1s Caspian Gull down at the harbour amongst many Herring Gulls and a single Greater Black-backed Gull. 4 Common Terns and 2 Sandwich Terns flew past just north of the pier. Rather more interesting were a couple of Black-thighed Epeolus on Common Fleabane by the Easton Marshes path. This rather attractive cleptoparasitic bee has Sea Aster Bee as it's host but strangely I saw none of those. The other items of note were a couple of Swedish Whitebeam trees along Pier Avenue close to where we had parked.

                                                                                                                           Black-thighed Epeolus
                                                                                                                          Swedish Whitebeam

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