Trip reports

Kessingland to Beach Farm

Swallow perched on wire fence in Spain

Thursday, 18 April 2013

Despite the blustery weather a good number of species were seen and heard. Swallows and sand martins were seen feeding together over the mere behind the holiday village. For most of us, they were our first hirundines of the summer. Summer migrants were also heard calling here including black-cap, whitethroat, lesser whitethroat and chiffchaff. We almost saw a grey heron in the distance at the levels which turned out to be an unremarkable torn carrier bag caught on a fence. We had a wonderful display from the kestrels at the beach end of the levels, including one being chased by a territorial pied wagtail, and three sandwich terns passed overhead, shrieking as they flew. A short trip over the sluice treated us to several wheatear on the shingle and a couple of ringed plover by the brackish pool. As we retuned along the beach we passed skylarks, starlings and linnets. In total 33 species were seen and what had seemed likely to be an unpromising, windswept walk turned out to be very satisfying indeed.

Species seen: blackbird, house sparrow, goldfinch, chiffchaff, great tit, blue tit, chaffinch, woodpigeon, magpie, mallard, herring gull, wren, pheasant, reed bunting, collared dove, moorhen, swallow, skylark, sand martin, starling, black-headed gull, kestrel, sandwich tern, greenfinch, green woodpecker, wheatear, ringed plover, robin, carrion crow (including what appeared to be a hooded hybrid), marsh harrier, meadow pipit, pied wagtail, linnet.

Julie Martin