Trip reports

Annual Christmas Walk

Annual Christmas Walk
Pat Chilvers

Tuesday, 27 December 2011

It was a very mild and still morning for our Annual Christmas Walk which made a nice change from being freezing cold like it usually is. Twenty four members attended plus two more that we met on the way, they had misread the programme and had started from Everett's Park instead of Normanston Park so they did the walk the opposite way round to the rest of us.

We started off by looking over the lake by the car park and were pleasantly surprised to see a wide variety of ducks, including pintails, (of which Bill counted 8), Mallards, widgeon, teal, shovelers, and tufted ducks. We then walked along to the railway bridge on the way seeing blackbirds, robins, wren, great tits and blue tits. From the bridge we were able to see a black throated diver (which I understand has been there for quite a while), cormorants, shags and a little grebe. Some of the members also saw a read breasted merganser.

The tide was very high and we were unable to follow the usual footpath along the lake as it was flooded, and had to walk between some industrial buildings and join the path further along. We walked to Mutford Bridge at Oulton Broad and were lucky enough to have some really good sightings of a kingfisher which pleased everyone. We then made our way back to the car park stopping again on the railway bridge for another look at the diver, while we were there a party of long tailed tits flew over. It was a very enjoyable morning and as well as seeing the birds it was very nice for us all to meet up with each other again.

Pat Chilvers