Trip reports

KESSINGLAND TO BENACRE 13 OCTOBER 2016.

KESSINGLAND TO BENACRE 13 OCTOBER 2016.
Sue Bayliss

Thursday, 13 October 2016

Due to the owners of the caravan site fencing off the path through their site we were unable to walk our usual route, so we started with a visit to the sewage works. Not many birds seen as we walked the track from the car park to the works, but once there were rewarded with Grey Wagtail, Pied Wagtail, Blackbird and several finch species. From here we back tracked to pick up the main road to take us to the beach. At this point we started to feel the strength of the easterly wind which had a cold chill, but there were good numbers of Brent Geese flying south and one or two Cormorants but not much else on the sea, even the gulls were keeping their heads down.
We carried on along the beach to the pumping station seeing Wheatear on the way, not many other birds at this point so we set off to the pool were we set up a telescope to view eight Little Grebes and a Little Egret, we were busy studying these when Sue Bayliss said, what 's that? We turned round just in time to see a Short-eared Owl glided low over the bank and out of sight, it's possible this had just come in off the sea. Making our way in the direction the bird flew, try as we did were unable to relocate it. We then set off over the levels back to the beach and to the path which would take us to the road back to the car park
We saw twenty eight species of birds and a Grey Seal off shore. Fifteen members turned up for this walk a hardy lot considering the cold easterly wind, thanks to you all.

Birds seen.
Mallard Woodpigeon Black-headed Gull
Robin Jackdaw Herring Gull
Grey Wagtail Pied Wagtail Blackbird
Cormorant Goldfinch Sparrowhawk
Collard Dove Magpie Crow
Pheasant House Sparrow Starling
Brent Goose Wheatear Little Grebe
Little Egret Chaffinch Short-eared Owl
Wigeon Linnet Greenfinch
Wren

Bill Whybrow.