Trip reports

Southwold Marsh Thursday March 15

Southwold Marsh Thursday March 15

Thursday, 15 March 2018

Our first few birds were chaffinch, magpie and dunnock, as we approached the town marsh we could see to the right it was well stocked with a selection of gulls and ducks. This was pleasing enough but not too far in front of us were two egrets, a little and a great, the little egret had the full head plume but being so close we could easily see the size difference between the two birds with the black bill of the little egret and the yellow of the great very prominent . We slowly walked towards the river scanning the marsh on both sides of the road, skylarks and meadow pipit were seen in quite good numbers, more wildfowl, jackdaws and crows one with white primaries.
We took the footpath to the right just before the pub which led to the bailey bridge, here we saw more gulls and a few waders and it was at this point it started to rain, not heavily but enough to interfere with the optics. The rain got steadily heavier as we progressed down the old railway track, not to many more birds were seen after the rain set in. We took a quick look around the sewage works before heading back to the cars.
Fourteen turned up for this walk and despite the weather were cheerful and enthusiastic, thank you all for your company.
We saw thirty five species as listed below.
Birds seen: Cormorant, Little Egret, Great Egret, Grey Heron, Mute Swan, Canada Goose, Mallard, Gadwall, Shoveler, Wigeon, Teal, Sparrowhawk, Pheasant, Moorhen, Oystercatcher, Lapwing, Dunlin, Redshank, Black-headed Gull, Common Gull, Herring Gull, Lesser Black-backed Gull, Wood Pigeon, Skylark, Meadow Pipit, Dunnock, Robin, Blackbird, Great Tit, Magpie, Jackdaw, Carrion Crow, Starling, House Sparrow and Chaffinch. (Possible Stonechat.)

Bill Whybrow.