Trip reports

Dunwich and Greyfriars Thursday March 30

Dunwich and Greyfriars Thursday March 30
Andrew Chilvers

Thursday, 30 March 2017

The morning was mild, bright and fairly still as people arrived ready for the 10.00am start. Before we could start we had to have the obligatory group photograph, and I informed all that I expected them to find me Wheatear, Ring Ouzel and Brimstone butterfly. We made our way from the car park towards the start of the footpath that runs through the woods past the old ruins of the Friary. Up to this point few birds were encountered, Cetti's Warbler, Blackbird, Robin, Gulls and Common Scoter. The same applied to the rest of the wood up to the Minsmere Road, we heard but did not see Goldcrests, heard and saw Chiffchaff but very few other birds. However the flowers in the wood were nice to see, as were the Peacock and Brimstone butterflies.
Where the footpath meets the Westleton Road there used to dwell a large pig, we found a note on the fence informing all of his sad demise. People used to stop and feed him (probably over fed).
On leaving the wood and crossing the Minsmere Road we were into a different habitat, hedgerow and open land. At this point we heard and saw Stone Curlew and Woodlark, two good sighting which we were not expected. By now one or two members had left us to return to the beach car park, the rest of us carried on past the trust holiday units following the track back to the road. On route we saw Buzzard, Kestrel, finches and tits. We heard Green Woodpecker and saw more Peacock Butterflies. By the time we reached the car park the walk had taken three and a half hours, we had seen thirty seven species of birds and two species of butterfly. Sadly they did not find the Wheatear or Ring Ouzel for me but I suppose I should be grateful for the Brimstone. Thanks to all who turned up, it was a very enjoyable morning.
Bill Whybrow.

Species seen:-

Mallard, Common Scoter Buzzard Kestrel
Red-L. Partridge Pheasant Stone-Curlew Herring Gull
L.Black-backed G.Black-backed Black-head gull Wood Pigeon
G. Woodpecker Skylark Woodlark Pied Wagtail
Wren Dunnock Robin Song Thrush
Blackbird Blackcap Cetti's Warbler Chiffchaff
Goldcrest Great Tit Blue Tit Marsh Tit
Long-tailed Tit Magpie Jackdaw Rook
Carrion Crow House Sparrow Chaffinch Goldfinch