16 June 2013

Pacific Swift, Trimley Marshes, Suffolk

Twitched the Pacific Swift at Trimley Marshes SWT in Suffolk today, but frustratingly this turned out to be the most unsatisfying successful twitch I've ever done! Saw the bird four or five times in a two hour period mid afternoon with a large number of Common Swift and House Martin, but always distant. Had some reasonable scope views and was able to see the key identification features, but it was hardly a joy to watch. Judging from the photos it seems yesterday was the day go for decent views! Nevermind, maybe in 20 years time another twitchable one will turn up and I'll get a better look? Padders noted include 1+ Hobby, 1f Marsh Harrier, 1 Spotted Redshank, 1 Black-tailed Godwit, 35+ Avocet, 1m Bullfinch and 1 Common Tern. Several recently fledged Blue Tits and 2 juvenile Pied Wagtails also logged.

Juvenile Pied Wagtail doing what the Pacific Swift didn't - showing well

To see what the swift actually looked like see David Campbell's blog.

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