Trip reports

Sandwich Bay and Bird Observatory

Willow warbler

Saturday, 11 April 2015

"A bird in the hand"...... yes indeed. A very nice warden called Sally gathered us together and then returned from the ringing office with this tiny little, oh so vulnerable life in her hands, a chiff chaff that had already been ringed. there it lay between her fingers as she explained about the ringing. One daft soul in the group whose heart was beating like a drum asked if she could stroke this precious little life and permission was granted. However, when said daft soul asked if she could kiss it, Sally, wisely drew the line at a gentle stroke. What a moment and what a memory. A willow warbler was next.

Following on from this we split into three groups and were led by Sedley, Neil and Peter.

The morning and early afternoon weather could have been a little kinder to us, but Sandwich Bay and the Bird Observatory is an important reserve in terms of bird ringing and recognised observatory status and was definitely worth the visit, though many expressed the view that it would have been good to have seen a bit more bird ringing and release. We saw many birds during our time at the reserve, including chaffinch, jackdaw, stock dove, skylark, wren, blackbird, corn bunting, blue tit, long tail tit, little grebe, green woodpecker, gadwall, tufted duck and kestrel. Peter saw a peregrine, buzzard and a great spotted woodpecker and heard a goldcrest and firecrest. 51 different species of birds were seen during our visit, plus the two heard by Peter making an impressive 53 identified on the day.

I took up a collection on the coach for the work that the Sandwich Bay Bird Observatory Trust do and the amount raised was £105.81. Thank you to all who contributed.

Sue Malcolm-Bonny