Trip reports

Kessingland to Benacre Sluice 21 March 2019

Thursday, 21 March 2019

We began by taking the path to the sewage works, usually a good place to see birds, and were rewarded by views of two grey wagtails, a reed bunting and a very attractive green woodpecker along with many common bird species and early summer arrivals in the form of chiffchaffs singing the song which gave them their name.
Retracing our steps we followed the road to the beach. On the sea or flying past we noted cormorants, a great crested grebe, a shelduck, oystercatcher and black-headed, herring and great black-back gulls. On the seashore a pair of ringed plovers were spotted. Two pairs of stonechats were observed on hedges along the dunes although the hoped-for wheatears on spring migration did not appear. One unexpected bird seen was a parrot (in a cage) outside a cliff-top caravan, which uttered some unusual calls and words! We turned back after scouring the area around Benacre Sluice, by which time several members had headed home, having enjoyed a very pleasant morning walk.

The 39 species seen were: blackbird, black-headed gull, blue tit, carrion crow, chaffinch, collared dove, cormorant, dunnock, goldfinch, great black-backed gull, great crested grebe, great tit, green woodpecker, greenfinch, grey wagtail, herring gull, house sparrow, jackdaw, kestrel, linnet, long-tailed tit, magpie, mallard, moorhen, oystercatcher, pheasant, pied wagtail, reed bunting, ringed plover, robin, feral pigeon, shelduck, skylark, starling, stonechat, teal, woodpigeon, wren.

David Jeffries