Trip reports

Lowestoft North Wall, Saturday July 25

Lowestoft North Wall, Saturday July 25
Andrew Chilvers

Saturday, 25 July 2015

The day before this walk had been most un-July-like. There had been up to a month's rain in a day with very strong winds. Even on the day of the walk it was still pouring and blowing. Not expecting anyone to go birdwatching that day I donned raingear and waited at the Links Road car park. Surprisingly Phil was already there and by 10am we had been joined by four others including a couple from Leicester who had a property in Kessingland which they were converting to a retirement home.
As we set off the rain slowly abated but the sea looked most spectacular with huge waves crashing against the sea wall, even though it was low tide. Telescopes were only useful if used from a car so distant sea-watching was out. However many common terns were passing by as well as a cormorant being buffeted on the stormy sea. A nice flock of eight sanderlings managed to feed along the beach although the same number of turnstones further along the sea front where the waves were heaviest were unable to feed on the weed-strewn rocks. Five species of gull were seen on the walk to Ness Point, including a kittiwake. The only other small birds were a meadow pipit and pied wagtail as well as flocks of starlings
We headed back to the more sheltered Belle Vue and Sparrow's Nest parks but very few birds were showing. Below the cliffs on the denes we managed to spot a pair of common whitethroats.
Even though our total of 21 species was probably one of the lowest seen recently on a Group walk, everyone seemed to enjoy it, especially the couple from Leicester who don't get much chance to sea-watch.
Species seen: Cormorant, sanderling, turnstone, black-headed, herring, lesser black-back and great black-back gull, kittiwake, common tern, wood pigeon, collared dove, meadow pipit, pied wagtail, blackbird, common whitethroat, chiffchaff (heard), magpie, carrion crow, starling, house sparrow and greenfinch.
David Jeffries