Trip reports

Dunwich and Greyfriars

Dunwich and Greyfriars
Sue Bayliss

Thursday, 10 September 2015

On a very pleasant warm sunny morning with a fresh breeze off the sea, fifteen turned up for what was supposed to be a walk along the beach to the Dingle pools. Due to work being carried out on the marsh by the RSPB to remove fencing, and the disruption it would cause, it was decided to walk through the woods past Greyfriars and complete the circular route back to the beach car park. Our first stop was at the south end of the Greyfriars Friary remains. Looking into the grounds we saw Kestrel, Marsh Harrier and 2 Hobbies, good views were had as 1 of the hobbies flew within feet of us at a height of about 3 feet, everybody got a good view as the bird whizzed past before soaring high over the trees, we also had good numbers of mixed Hirundines. We carried on along through the wood which turned out to be very quiet with very few birds being seen or heard. It wasn't until we crossed the road into an area with a hedgerow and small trees that we started to see more birds. We stopped at various vantage points on route, where we saw stone chat, willowchiff and black redstart along with the more common species. We had a leisurely 3.1 mile walk which took us just over 3 hours to complete. Thanks to all who attended
Bill Whybrow.

BIRDS SEEN
Mute Swan, Swallow, Great Tit, Chaffinch,
Brent Goose, House Martin, Blue Tit, Goldfinch,
Marsh Harrier, Pied Wagtail, Coal Tit, Canada Goose,
Kestrel, Wren, Magpie, Collared Dove,
Hobby, Dunnock, Jackdaw, Jay,
Herring Gull, Robin, Rook,
Wood Pigeon, Black Redstart, Crow,
Green Woodpecker, Stonechat, Starling,
Sand Martin, Willowchaff, House Sparrow.

OTHER SPECIES SEEN.

Butterflies:- Speckled Wood, Red Admiral, Large White and Holly Blue.

Mammals :- Muntjac deer and rabbits