Trip reports

Breydon Water Monday November 17th 2014

Curlew standing on weed, County Cork, Ireland

Monday, 17 November 2014

In the horse paddock to the south were a mallard and a curlew, and two blackbirds were noted in the bushes on the way to the river wall. We walked slowly eastwards, noting there were a lot of birds out on the mud. The tide was still dropping. Soon the shower had stopped, so we set up scopes to scan the mud flats. We enjoyed good views of many common waders, including lapwing, redshank, dunlin and a flock of 2 - 3 thousand golden plover. Paul picked up some distant turnstones in his scope and Pat saw an oystercatcher. Some winter plumaged grey plover were nice to see. Wigeon was the most numerous duck and the only raptor seen, a kestrel, was found by Jane. Once or twice the birds were spooked and made quite a spectacle as they all took to the air.
After about an hour, four of the group departed as they had other commitments. With the weather closing in again, the rest of us decided to go to the ASDA side and use the hide. We stuck it out until about 11.30 when we called it a day, having added herring gull and feral pigeon to our list.
Altogether, a total of 25 species was seen - these are listed below.

Black-headed gull, lesser black-backed gull, carrion crow, blackbird, mallard, curlew, lapwing, great crested grebe, redshank, ringed plover, grey plover, dunlin, black-tailed godwit, golden plover, wigeon, shelduck, cormorant, common gull, little egret, kestrel, great black-backed gull, herring gull, feral pigeon, turnstone and oystercatcher.

Phil Jackson