Trip reports

RSPB North Warren

RSPB North Warren
Andrew Chilvers

Thursday, 24 January 2019

The particular species they hoped to see was satisfied by a mixed flock of white-fronted and barnacle geese within 100 yards as soon as they stepped out of their cars!

The party, led by Richard Straton, set off along the path with marshes to north and south. Those to the north were completely frozen over, while dykes and pools to the south was kept unfrozen by the movement of mute swans, greylag geese, mallard, black-headed and herring gulls. Pheasants, lapwings and curlews poked around amongst the sedges and grass. Two red deer were seen, rabbits and a dead fox [cause of death unknown].

On reaching the old railway track the party walked north towards Thorpeness, spying goldcrests in the pines and a stonechat below, chaffinches, robins, tits and treecreepers in the scrubland. It took quite a while for everyone to see the treecreepers ... the instructions of "on THAT tree there" was not always easy to follow when there were so many trees and branches to look at!

Along the path by the golf course and through to Thorpeness mere where shoveler, gadwall, teal, coots, Egyptian geese and a grey heron were seen.

Although the day quickly turned dismal with light sleety rain showers, the party all seemed to enjoy the camaraderie and nature viewing.

All in all, 37 species birds and 3 species of mammals identified.

Richard Straton