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17th October 2018 – Walberswick

Another beautiful morning and we just had time (before entertaining friends) to have a brief walk around the village of Walberswick and the nearby marshes on the Suffolk coast. There wasn’t much in the way of bird life to report but I would like to record how this favourite destination of ours has got even better with the construction of a new bird hide just a few hundred yards from where we stay.

The hide has been mainly conceived and provided by local resident Pat Lancaster in memory of her husband Tony who passed away recently. The hide is a superb facility which looks north over the marshes from the village of Walberswick towards the river Blyth and beyond towards Southwold. This week we have visited the hide on a couple of occasions and the main attraction has been large flocks of Canada and Brent geese but Pat Lancaster has already recorded over 90 species from the hide.

DSC02939.jpgThe new bird hide taken (from the ferry to Southwold) earlier in the week

MT1D7536.jpgView westwards from the hide

MT1D7537View from the hide towards the River Blythe with Southwold in the background

IMG_2645.jpgThe hide is comfortable, bright and well equipped.

IMG_2646Definitely a bucolic scene from the hide today

FP5A1169Large flocks of geese (seen earlier this week) are regular visitors.

Our walk this morning took us along the sand dunes behind Walberswick beach and then through the marshes.

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MT1D7551Looking back towards Southwold

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The only bird life we saw were three mute swans which took off from the river which runs through the marshes towards Dunwich, although we did hear bearded tits.

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