Trip reports

Hen Reedbeds in September

Hen Reedbeds in September
Jane Bond

Wednesday, 25 September 2013

We met at 10.00 in the car park, twelve people turned up for this group walk, the weather was dry, sunny and warm not bad for late September. We started at the platform that over looks the reedbed, here we saw marsh harrier, buzzard, hobby, jay and a few of the commoner birds. From here we made our way across the road to the path along the top of the bank, the tide was so far out there was more mud than water. Unfortunately this meant that the waders were a long way out feeding on the mud flats making it difficult to identify them. Fortunately there were ducks, gulls and small passerines on the other side of the bank in the reeds a lot easier to see. As we made our way towards the first hide we saw three species of gulls, mallards, gadwall, little grebe and coot. There was little to be seen from the first and second hides but we decided to walk down to the third hide, I have never visited this hide, I think it is fairly new, but it has a small but nice scrape in front of it and in time I think will be very rewarding. However I am glad we made the effort as we had good views of a green sandpiper (I think, the star bird of the visit). We returned back to the car park having spent three enjoyable hours and recorded 34 species of birds, and three species of butterfly, large white, small tortoiseshell and speckled wood. Thanks to all who turned up I enjoyed your company.
Birds seen: little grebe, cormorant, little egret, mute swan, greylag goose, mallard,
Gadwall, wigeon, teal, marsh harrier, buzzard, kestrel, hobby, moorhen, coot, oystercatcher, lapwing, green sandpiper, redshank, godwit, curlew, black-headed gull, herring gull, lesser black-backed gull, wood pigeon, wren, robin, bearded tit, jay, jackdaw, crow, starling, goldfinch and reed bunting.

Bill Whybrow.