Trip reports

Dingle Marsh and Pools

Dingle Marsh and Pools
Whinchat.....RSPB IMAGES

Monday, 19 September 2011

Seven members turned up for this walk. It was a pleasant autumn morning, mild and sunny with very little wind, our expectations were high for a good few hours birding. At the car park our first birds were swallows and house martins in good numbers feeding up for their journey south. We left Dunwich beach car park at 10.00am and walked towards Walberswick, our first sightings were large flocks of meadow pipits a few skylarks followed by good views of whinchat and wheatear. We scanned the flocks for sometime as you can never tell what could be mixed with the common finches and pipits, but all we could find were reed buntings and linnets, nevertheless nice to see. A slow stroll further along the beach gave us views of various waders gulls, a raptor and herons, little egrets were in good numbers. Daphne spotted movement in one of the pools, as she made us aware of it the bird took off. It looked like a small heron, very grey in colour with a very slow wing beat, but it flew away from us towards Walberswick. We watched until it landed again some distance away. Our first thoughts were a night heron, but without good views it's impossible to be sure. As we made our way along to where we thought the bird had landed, searching as we went, we failed to relocate it. Was it a night heron? We may never know, unless of cause its seen and confirmed by somebody else. Thank you to all who turned up.

Total species seen was thirty six.

Little grebe, cormorant, little egret, grey heron, mute swan, shelduck, mallard, teal, marsh harrier, sparrowhawk, kestrel, ringed plover, dunlin, redshank, spotted redshank, greenshank, whimbrel, ruff, black-headed gull, herring gull, lesser black-backed gull, wood pigeon, skylark, swallow, house martin, meadow pipit, pied wagtail, wheatear, whinchat, magpie, jackdaw, crow, house sparrow, linnet, goldfinch and reed bunting.

Bill Whybrow.