Trip reports

Hollesley Marshes RSPB reserve

Hollesley Marshes RSPB reserve
Richard Straton

Thursday, 15 May 2014

Dudley Sheppard, voluntary warden, gave the group a short introduction to the history of the reserve and works being carried out. Eleven members of the Lowestoft Group plus a vet from Anglesey and his mother from Chester joined us.
Public footpaths go round the southern and eastern sides of the new scrape, giving excellent viewing points of the many waders and waterfowl. Avocet and lapwing chicks were seen pottering about and gadwall and mallard ducklings a-dabbling too. Forty-two bird species and a few species of butterfly were identified during the walk from 10.30am to 1pm.
The official walk period ended by the sea wall and some hungry members departed straight away. The remainder wandered back and were treated to views of muntjac deer and a most unexpected raptor . . . a white-tailed eagle flying around over the trees. A further six species were added to the list seen.
Birds identified during the walk were: avocet, barnacle goose, black-headed gull, buzzard, Canada goose, carrion crow, cormorant, curlew, cuckoo, dunlin, Egyptian goose, gadwall, goldfinch, grey heron, greylag goose, herring gull, house martin, jackdaw, lapwing, lesser black-backed gull, lesser whitethroat, linnet, little egret, marsh harrier, meadow pipit, mute swan, oystercatcher, pied wagtail, redshank, reed bunting, reed warbler, ringed plover (tundra sub-species), rook, sedge warbler, shelduck, shoveler, skylark, starling, swallow, whitethroat, woodpigeon, and wren.
Additional birds seen before and after the walk at Hollesley included: chaffinch, great tit, little grebe, little owl, magpie, mallard, robin and stock dove. The white-tailed eagle was seen, but could not be claimed as an addition to the list as Dudley pointed out it was wearing jesses and being flown by the falconers group at the prison!
Butterflies seen included large white, orange-tip, peacock, small heath and wall brown.

Richard Straton