Trip reports

Dunwich Heath Thursday February 15

Dunwich Heath Thursday February 15
Sue Bayliss

Thursday, 15 February 2018

Not everyone saw all the species identified, but all the walkers did enjoy the gentle two-hour wander across the heathland, through the woods and alongside the reedbeds.
Starting at the car park the walk took the route anti-clockwise round the heath, with views across gorse and heather to the sea. A two hundred or so scattering of common scoters were seen not far from shore, a female stonechat perched on gorse and an exalting skylark charmed the ear and eye.
Passing through the woodland at the north side of the heath, a robin sported himself within a few feet while a great spotted woodpecker was spotted by a few before flying off. A red deer hind and calf watched the party watching them, doubtless commenting on the variety of winter plumages of Homo sapiens. On two occasions Dartford warblers were heard, the first seen only for a second or two while the second seen flittering about before vanishing into the heather.
By the reed beds on the south side a marsh harrier harried, and a goldcrest flitted from branch to branch through the silver birches. Cetti's warblers and a wren called clearly, remaining invisible.
Other species identified were rabbit, magpie, jay, carrion crow, jackdaw, blue tit, great tit, long-tailed tit, dunnock, woodpigeon, chaffinch, blackbird, black-headed gull, herring gull and cormorant.

Richard Straton