Trip reports

Snape RSPB Reserve

Snape RSPB Reserve
Pat Chilvers

Wednesday, 2 May 2012

A real treat as everyone must be accompanied on this fledgling reserve. Due to the wonderful spring weather we have enjoyed of late, wellington boots were the order of the day as in some places it was extremely wet underfoot.

The new reed beds are beginning to establish themselves with many Cetti's Warblers having moved in. Marsh Harriers have started nesting and it is hoped that this year they will successfully raise a brood. The very handsome male gave us a wonderful display and was later seen carrying nesting material so fingers crossed.

The warblers and buntings were very secretive but we were treated to Reed Warbler serenading us from his hiding place in the bushes for a good five minutes. David said that you can tell it's a Reed Warbler as it doesn't shut up! One brave Sedge Warbler gave us a short burst of it's song and the Reed Buntings, although singing, were avoiding their usual perches on the tops of the reeds.

Swallows and House Martins whizzed around us while we 'spotted' the Greenshanks on the edge of the open water. Other highlights were Swifts, a Whitethroat, a Lesser Whitethroat, Common Sandpipers, a Bullfinch and a Moorhen's nest complete with what seemed very large eggs.

A most enjoyable morning thanks to David who was a very knowledgeable guide.

Birds seen: Wood Pigeon, Pied Wagtail, Carrion Crow, Gery Heron, Shelduck, Mallard, Greenfinch, Chaffinch, Blackbird, Collard Dove, Blue Tit, Little Egret, Common Sandpiper, Marsh Harrier, Kestrel, Swallow, Little Grebe, Whitethroat, Black-tailed Godwit, Mute Swan, Stock Dove, Swift, Skylark, Great Tit, House Martin, Pheasant, Lapwing, Coot, Sparrowhawk, Jackdaw, Greylag Goose, Canada Goose, Lesser Black-backed Gull, Oystercatcher, Black-headed Gull, Common Gull, Dunnock, Lesser Whitethroat, Goldfinch, Bullfinch, Robin, Wren.

Birds heard: Chiffchaff, Cetti's Warbler, Reed Bunting, Goldcrest, Blackcap, Cuckoo, Sedge Warbler, Reed Warbler.

Jane Bond