Trip reports

Breydon Water (South-side)

Adult black-tailed godwit in summer plummage, at the RSPB Snettisham nature reserve, Norfolk

Thursday, 25 October 2012

Walking from the car park past many a Lawyer's Wig and other fungal fantasies, the flocks of Golden Plover, Lapwings and Starlings wheeled about in the sky.

Having set up the forest of tripods, each of the watchers spied a species from the Curlew, Redshank, Black- and Bar-tailed Godwit, Dunlin, Sanderling, Carrion Crow, Ringed Plover, Great and Lesser Black-backed Gulls, Black-headed Gull, Shelduck, Shoveler and a special sight of a wonderful Eider Duck drake at reasonably close quarters.

Some of the "black blobs" were identified as remains of boats while others identified as Cormorants. The whitest of the white birds were Little Egrets and Mute Swans. In the distance to the west scores of Avocet could be seen. Scruffier white birds, such as Herring Gulls strode about somewhat pompously. A Turnstone looked out of place dithering about on the mud without a stone in sight.

"There it is" ... there it was, "there it is again". Great Crested Grebe dived frequently - usually as one got the 'scope on where it was reputed to be!

A walk to the west provided Pied Wagtail, Magpie, Skylark, Meadow Pipit, Linnet, Greenfinch and Woodpigeon. Wandering back east nearer the bascule bridge a late, lone House Martin flew hurriedly west. A flock of Greylag Geese landed beyond the northern bank while a single Brent Goose, less conspicuous with its head under its wing stood almost unidentified behind rafts of Wigeon. Skeins of Pink-footed Geese scratched across the clouds.

Returning to the cars a Robin completed the list at number thirty-six.

Postscript: Following a pager's beep, several members went to Corton Church to see an Olive-backed Pipit (Anthus hodgsoni) skulking around in the well-grown grass. A bonus at the end of a birdwatch bonanza.

Richard Straton