Trip reports

Stodmarsh Nature Reserve & Grove Ferry

Hobby chasing dragonflies

Saturday, 2 May 2015

A hobby . . . standard dictionary meaning . . . 'thing done often and for pleasure in one's spare time'.

A hobby for a birder is anything but " standard". A bird of tremendous agility and speed as it patrols the skies looking for swallows, swifts and bats, on the wing. Superb colouring and all round handsome bird of prey. We were privileged to have very good sightings of the bird in flight and a fantastic view as one perched atop a bare tree. Some of the group counted 15 in one sighting. We saw in addition to the hobby, 54 different species of birds during our day at the reserve including fieldfare, bearded tit, teal, mallard, heron, lapwing, swallow, swift, great tit, sedge warbler, linnet, chaffinch, jackdaw and kestrel. We also heard the lesser whitethroat and bullfinch.

The birder's hobby is truly a real pleasure to experience in one's spare time.

The weather was kind to us, though a little chilly for the 2nd of May. No complaints though. A wonderful day enjoyed by all 21 who came and some of us rounded off this excellent day at the handily placed Grove Ferry Pub. I can certainly recommend their Master Brew, a locally brewed real ale.