Trip reports

Hen Reed-beds 24 May 2012

Turtle dove

Thursday, 24 May 2012

On a warm sunny morning 14 members met at Hen Reed-beds nature reserve for our monthly field trip. Those who arrived early were lucky enough to hear turtle doves in the trees across the road. The short walk to the viewing platform gave us a great start with the appearance of a bittern hunting in the shallow water at the edge of the reeds. Shelduck, black-headed gull, mallard and greylag geese shred the water and a whitethroat was singing in the nearby bushes.

The walk along the estuary produced wonderful views of barn owls hunting and bittern flying. The reeds were full of Cetti's, reed and sedge warblers and a kestrel kept watch form his vantage point on the telegraph wire. The mud flats had attracted a lone whimbrel along with avocet, oystercatcher and gulls.
Along the side of the footpath the pools gave us little egret and common sandpiper, while swift, swallow and sand martin darted about catching flies.
A most enjoyable morning.

Birds seen: whitethroat, shelduck, crow, black-headed gull, mallard, greylag goose, pheasant, reed bunting, chiffchaff, barn owl, chaffinch, wood pigeon, reed warbler, great tit, marsh harrier, mute swan, common tern, great crested grebe, great black-backed gull, sedge warbler, bittern, grey heron, coot, little grebe, kestrel, skylark, herring gull, avocet, oystercatcher, Canada goose, moorhen, cormorant, lesser black-backed gull, redshank, swallow, common sandpiper, sand martin, whimbrel, gadwall, swift, wren, little egret, greenfinch, Cetti's warbler (heard only).

Jane Bond