Trip reports

Carlton Marshes April 25 2019

Carlton Marshes April 25 2019
Andrew Chilvers

Thursday, 25 April 2019

We met in the car park for a 10.00am start, ten members turned up on a day that looked as if it was going to be showery and blustery. We were however very lucky with the weather as we walked the loop of the scrape without getting wet. The water levels on the marsh were high but it was very dry under foot. A number of good birds were seen before leaving the car park, these included Robin, Great Tit, Sand Martin, Dunnock and Whitethroat. We took the track from the Visitor Centre heading towards the river wall, walking at a slow pace we saw Heron, Corvids, Reed Buntings, Marsh Harrier and good numbers of Sand Martins.

From the elevated path we could see the work being carried out on what used to be the Dutchman's land, the heavy machinery has made its mark with large mounds of soil and more open water. It will be interesting to see it develop. It is however having an effect on the wildlife as bird numbers were low as were the number of Chinese water deer as we only saw one where normally you would expect to see good numbers on this marsh.

After the short walk along the river wall we took the track to the west side of the scrape, hearing Sedge Warbler, seeing Corvids and a Marsh Harrier before reaching the scrape, here we saw Lapwings, duck, geese and some waders but numbers were not high. Following the path back towards the centre we heard Willow Warbler, Blackcap and Wren which helped push up our tally for the day. It was a pleasant two hour walk with good company.

Bill Whybrow.



List of species heard and seen.
Grey Heron, Mute Swan, Greylag Goose, Canada Goose, Shelduck, Egyptian Goose, Mallard, Shoveler, Marsh Harrier, Kestrel, Pheasant, Avocet, Lapwing, Redshank, Black-Tailed Godwit, Herring Gull, Wood Pigeon, Skylark, Sand Martin, Swallow, Pied Wagtail, Wren, Dunnock, Robin, Blackcap, Whitethroat, Sedge Warbler, Cetti's Warbler, Reed Warbler, Willow Warbler, Great Tit, Blue Tit, Magpie, Jackdaw, Rook, Crow, Starling, Chaffinch, Goldfinch, Greenfinch and Reed Bunting.

41 Bird Species and Chinese Water Deer