Trip reports

Hen Reedbeds March 26

Oystercatcher wading in shallow water

Saturday, 4 April 2015

As it turned out we were very pleasantly surprised at the end of the walk when Richard totalled up 33 species either seen or heard.
Over the reedbeds two or three marsh harriers were active but little else so we made our way across the busy Southwold road to the estuary wall. Once in the first hide we were pleased to see a variety of ducks, close views of a marsh harrier and a snipe, together with a meadow pipit and curlews flying overhead.
Species were in short supply at the second hide although one member said he spotted a vinaigrette and another commented that he thought he would regret saying this (of course the bird seen was an egret). On the return walk to the car park a bittern was briefly heard and also a bearded tit which made the trip worthwhile despite the continuing wind and rain.
Birds identified were: bearded tit [heard], bittern [heard], blackbird, black-headed gull, blue tit, carrion crow, chaffinch, curlew, dunnock, great black-backed gull, great tit, grey heron, greylag goose, herring gull, jackdaw, lesser black-backed gull, greylag goose, little egret, magpie, mallard, marsh harrier, meadow pipit, moorhen, mute swan, oystercatcher, redshank, shelduck, skylark [heard], snipe, teal, water rail [heard], wigeon, woodpigeon, wren [heard]

David Jeffries