Trip reports

Oulton Marshes Thursday October 26 2017

little egret, wading, water

Thursday, 26 October 2017

We are very fortunate to have this lovely area, run by Suffolk Wildlife Trust, on our doorstep. Once the Trust has raised a million pounds for their Carlton Marshes Appeal, the two reserves will be as one, separated only by Oulton Dyke.
Oulton Marshes comprises a wonderfully diverse habitat of grazing marshes, reedbed, woodland, dykes, wetlands and flashes created for wading birds and wintering duck plus flower rich meadows where in different seasons you will find many species of birds, insects and mammals.
Leaving the SWT car park at St Michael's Church we descended the hill to the marshes and turned left and over the railway crossing, on the way observing the expected woodland species of birds. Once past there excellent views of different kestrels perching on trees were seen. On reaching Oulton Dyke, which leads to the River Waveney, we turned right along the river bank. Here we had our most exciting bird of the morning - a bittern flew along the river, much to our surprise!
Further along the riverbank several cettis warblers were heard and a little egret was seen.
Leaving the river bank we re-crossed the railway line and headed back along the path to the car park and a pair of stonechats were observed perching on a fence. Just before we finished the walk some fieldfares were heard and seen plus an unexpected sighting of half a dozen rheas in a pen along Camps Heath marshes. A non-native species - but would you count them as a tick? !!
Birds seen were carrion crow, pheasant, mute swan, magpie, blackbird, long tailed tit, kestrel, fieldfare, great tit, blue tit, wren, bittern, black headed gull, herring gull, mallard, coot, moorhen, wood pigeon, little egret, heron, teal, stonechat, starling, jay, greenfinch, jackdaw and cettis warbler (heard). Non-native species: rhea.
David Jeffries