Trip reports

Christmas Walk Normanston Park to Everitts Park, Lowestoft

Christmas Walk Normanston Park to Everitts Park, Lowestoft
Andrew Chilvers

Friday, 27 December 2013

Fortunately the driving rain ceased in time for our walk which started with a visit to the boardwalk at Leathes Ham. Pintails mixed with the mallards close by hoping for some crumbs of bread. A flock of shovellers could be seen by the far bank. The usual cormorants were perched atop the tree stumps in the middle of the lake and further out could be seen gadwall, wigeon, coot and a selection of gulls. We headed west along the footpath beside Lake Lothing. A handsome common shag was found sitting on a moored vessel, a great local spot!
We paused at Mutford Lock basin hoping to see the local kingfisher but we were unsuccessful. The tide was low in the basin and the muddy shores were covered in black-headed gulls. Interspersed between the gulls were six redshanks and a solitary turnstone. Little grebes surfaced briefly in the lock before popping back under to search for food.
We made our way into Everitts Park where we saw a distant green woodpecker feeding near the tennis courts. We walked along the banks of Oulton Broad to Pets Corner before turning round and heading back. As we approached Leathes Ham on our return a pair of tufted duck had arrived. It was a jolly walk that saw 38 species of bird in total and a few of those excess Christmas calories burnt off!

Birds seen: gadwall, pintail, mallard, cormorant, black-headed gull, lesser black-backed gull, herring gull, shoveller, moorhen, mute swan, woodpigeon, common crow, wigeon, coot, common gull, blackbird, magpie, chaffinch, starling, common shag, little grebe, jackdaw, house sparrow, redshank, feral pigeon, turnstone, pied wagtail, egyptian geese, green woodpecker, grey heron, goldfinch, robin, collared dove, greater black-backed gull, blue tit, great tit, tufted duck and Jay.

Julie Martin