Trip reports

Hen Reedbeds

Hen Reedbeds
Richard Straton

Thursday, 26 September 2019

A scan of the telegraph wires showed two birds sitting with their backs to us and initially identified as woodpigeon. Others seen here were kestrel, bearded tit, blue tit with a water rail heard but not seen.
Returning to our wire birds, further observation came up with the correct answer- two young Hobby. As we were to see on our walk dragon flies were still about so they were catered for.

On the way to the main reserve we looked under the corrugated sheets disturbing a common lizard and a bank vole.

The tide was well up as we started our walk along the bank but was to start going out exposing some mud before we finished.
For the past five days an osprey has been present here but not today. However many avocets and curlew were on the water's edge. At the first hide a number of cattle were present so a lone little egret was present although more were present elsewhere.
Although it was getting quite breezy we continued on to the next hide seeing redshank, magpie and shelduck along the way. The pool by the second hide had a number of widgeon among the mallards.

As it gets nearer autumn greylag were seen flying over Southwold.
In total 22 species were seen including cormorant, oystercatcher, wheatear, lapwing, crow, heron and little grebe.

Howard Bayliss