Trip reports

Visit to Newport Wetlands

male stonechat perched on bramble

Sunday, 24 November 2013

The friendly staff gave us a warm welcome at the Visitor Centre and pointed out the places of interest. We made our way straight to through the reserve to the foreshore as high tide was imminent. There we saw shoveler, shelduck, wigeon, and curlew.
A large flock of golden plover and a smaller flock of dunlin swirled about above the incoming tide.

A number of stonechats provided close views and cetti's warbler and water rail called from the reedbed behind us.

Two peregrines were seen heading towards the Power Station and a phone call alerted us that the little owl had now appeared in the dead tree across a meadow we had looked at earlier; where the grassland provided a feeding area for mistle thrush, fieldfare, redwing and a number of pied wagtail. We retraced our steps and were lucky enough to get good views of the little owl.

As dusk approached we gathered together with the local warden and waited for the starling roost. Sure enough small flocks of starling approached from different directions. Unfortunately the murmuration of c20,000 birds took place in the distance but nevertheless as usual provided a spectacular sight and a grand finale.

Peter and Lesley Berrill