I took a welcome break from decorating the new extension to have a day out birding with the lads; Shaun, Hawky, Jono and Bradders Jnr, in Suffolk.
First stop was the now long staying, and very smart, Red Flanked Bluetail, in Lowerstoft, Suffolk. Luckily we located the bird, which showed well on and off, quickly and enjoyed great views. I have now been lucky enough to see three of these cracking little birds, with this one probably being the brightest in colour.
Next stop Reydon for Rough Legged Buzzard. After a lot of searching and waiting eventually we were rewarded with distant views. A pleasant surprise were 2 Waxwings, my first of the winter.
On to a long walk along Southwold beach for Shore Larks. 10 were reported, we saw 3. A flock of Twite were seen on route, and on the way back Hawky spotted a Short Eared Owl coming in off the sea being harassed by gulls.
We gave the Great Grey Shrikes a go at Westleton Heath with no joy, with a few Dartford Warblers seen.
A great day as usual with some of Essex's finest!