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BIRD REPORT CENSUS OF BLYTH ESTUARY,

367 SEPTEMBER

7TH, 1955

By A. D. BIBBY and nine other members of the WHITGIFT SCHOOL NATURAL HISTORY SOCIETY

Cormorant Heron Teal Pintail Shoveler Shelduck Mute Swan Water Rail Oystercatcher Lapwing Ringed Plover Dunlin Curlew Sandpiper Turnstone Curlew

10 30 42 5 1 165 2 1

7 85 115 200 1 1 200

Whimbrel Black-tailed Godwit Green Sandpiper Common Sandpiper Redshank Spotted Redshank Greenshank Knot Ruff Great Black-back Lesser Black-back Common Gull Black-headed Gull Common Tern TOTAL

1 3 3 4 400 2 20 2

7 30 8 3 550 1 1900

The ten observers were stationed at seven different points west of Wolsey Creek, and they are confident that they have assessed fairly accurately the populations west of Wolsey Creek up to Blythburgh village. At high tide, Dunlin and Ringed Plover flew in the direction of the Westwood marshes, as did the seven Ruff. Redshank, Curlew and Oystercatcher stayed longer, finally resting out the tide on the arable fields east of Bulcamp Farm. Heron and Lapwing flew inland to the north. Greater and Lesser Blackbacks remained on the broken walls in the centre of the flooded marshes. Black-headed Gulls disappeared from the river, but were believed to have flown east towards the sea.

Suffolk Bird Report for 1955  
Suffolk Bird Report for 1955