Trip reports

Carlton Marshes April 27

Carlton Marshes April 27

Thursday, 27 April 2017

This lovely reserve right on our door step is due to increase in area due to the purchase of 384 acres of land, with improvements to the visitors centre and as I understand it, hides overlooking the scrape; it will be a jewel on our door step. As some of you may know the Trust has at the moment an appeal running to raise £1,000,000 to purchase this land with 53 percent already raised.
We met at 10.00 in the car park, 18 turned up for this two to three hour walk, we had to start with obligatory group photo. The reserve was busy with one or two other parties and groups visiting, we started our walk along the main track up on to the raised bank and on towards the river wall, stopping along the way at various points to observe and hear, Reed Bunting, Sedge Warbler, Jackdaw, Grasshopper Warbler and Marsh Harrier, a Hare was also seen from the top of the bank looking towards the scrape with telescopes. House Martins, Swallows, various geese, Mallard and Swan were spotted and a Cuckoo heard. On the opposite side to the scrape we saw Chinese Water Deer. On arriving at the river wall we turned left for a short distance before joining the path that runs down the other side of the scrape. We saw a lot of Reed Buntings mainly males before arriving at the scrape. Here we saw Yellow Wagtail, Little-ringed Plover and Redshank. Our route back to the car park took us along a sheltered part of the reserve; here we heard Willow and Cetti's Warbler, Blackcap and Chiffchaff. By the time we reached the car park the walk had taken two and a half hours. It was a cool overcast day which I would have expected to be slightly better for the time of year. Nevertheless it was an enjoyable morning, thank you to all who turned up for this walk.

Reed Bunting Cetti's Warbler Great Tit
Carrion Crow Jackdaw Magpie
Rook Cuckoo Egyptian Goose
Greylag Goose Mallard Mute Swan
Shelduck Kestrel Grasshopper Warbler
Black-headed Gull Lesser Black-backed Gull
Buzzard Marsh Harrier Grey Heron
Skylark Chiffchaff Willow Warbler
Robin House Sparrow Blackcap
Whitethroat Pheasant Woodpigeon
Lapwing Little- ringed Plover Moorhen
Sedge Warbler Redshank Chaffinch
Goldfinch Linnet Starling
House Martin Swallow Blackbird
Pied Wagtail Yellow Wagtail Wren
Great-spotted Woodpecker.
45 Species seen or heard.

Bill Whybrow.