Trip reports

Kessingland to Benacre 15th September 2014

Kessingland to Benacre 15th September 2014
Andrew Chilvers

Monday, 15 September 2014

Eighteen people turned up for this walk, both members and guests. The morning was warm, sunny with a light breeze: ideal for mid-September.
We met at the public car park in Kessingland and set off down the track towards the sewage works with high hopes of seeing passing migrants as well as the more common birds for the area. Chiffchaffs were in good numbers along with three tit species; our walk took us across the open ground towards the caravan site. This area was very over grown but passable. After negotiating the barricade at the entrance to the caravan site we made our way towards the sluice were we had good views of whinchat, whitethroat, goldfinch and kestrel. We also had good sightings of various butterfly species right along our route.
Once over the sluice we saw wheatears and good numbers of swallows passing through. On the pit there were little grebe and little egret. We made our way to Beech farm but this area was disappointing with very few sightings.
Our route back took us west of the pit, over the sluice and back along the beach. We saw more butterflies, mainly small heath along this stretch with no new bird species being added to our list.
We arrived back at the car park at approximately 13.30, a good three and half hour walk during which we had been lucky with the weather and had some nice sightings of both birds and butterflies. Thank you to all who joined us.
A full list of sightings follows.
Birds: blackbird (Turdus merula), great tit (Parus major), chaffinch (Fringilla coelebs), long-tailed tit (Aegithalos caudatus), chiffchaff (Phylloscopus collybitta), woodpigeon (Columba palumbus), lesser black-backed gull (Larus fuscus), herring gull (Larus argentatus), sparrowhawk (Accipiter nisus), swallow (Hirundo rusticus), kestrel (Falco tinnunculus), blue tit (Cyanistes caeruleus), dunnock (Prunella modularis), magpie (Pica pica), skylark (Alauda arvensis), reed bunting (Emberiza schoeniclus), goldfinch (Carduelis carduelis), greenfinch (Chloris chloris), whinchat (Saxicola rubetra), starling (Sternus vulgaris), whitethroat (Sylvia communis), collared dove (Streptopelia decaocto), wheatear (Oenanthe oenanthe), linnet (Carduelis cannabina), pied wagtail (Motacilla alba), little grebe (Tachybaptus ruficollis), little egret (Egretta carzetta), mute swan (Cygnus olor), green woodpecker (Picus viridis), cormorant (Phalacrocorax carbo), carrion crow (Corvus corone) and robin (Erithacus rubecula)
Butterflies: painted lady (Vanessa cardui), red admiral (Vanessa atalanta), comma (Polygonia c-album), speckled wood (Pararge aegeria), large white (Pieris brassicae), small heath (Coenonympha pamphilus), peacock (Inachis io), small copper (Lycaena phlaeas eleus) and common blue (Polyommatus icarus icarus).
Mammals: rabbit (Oryctolagus cuniculus)

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