Trip reports

RSPB Field Trip to Breydon Water - South Side Thursday 23rd January 2020.

RSPB Field Trip to Breydon Water - South Side Thursday 23rd January 2020.
Andrew Chilvers

Thursday, 23 January 2020

However by the time we set off with 17 members and two visitors the drizzle had stopped and the visibility was reasonable.

The usual route was taken and once nearing the banking widgeon could be heard. There were a lot of them on the mudflats along with golden plover, lapwing and dunlin.

Overhead from time to time flocks were "put up" but we were unable to see what caused this. Also flocks of plover and lapwing arrived during our visit with godwits overflying.

Although we had turned toward the bridge it was decided, after we had observed the flocks, to turn around and walk toward what looked like another large group feeding on the mud. A heron was spotted along the way with a little egret on the far bank. Half way to this point it was decided to end the walk a bit early as we believed we had seen everything of interest and most were getting chilled standing about.

In addition to species mentioned a spotted redshank was pointed out by Richard Straton, black tailed and bar tailed godwits were observed, Richard pointing out the differences so you could separate them.

In total I noted 35 species seen by us all and have listed them below.

Another successful field trip and it's superb to have such an area locally attracting so many.

Howard Bayliss

Black headed gull Herring gull
Magpie Robin
Kestrel Long tail tit
Gt tit Blue tit
Widgeon Redshank
Cormorant Shelduck
Bar tail Godwit Pintail
Avocets Oystercatcher
House sparrow Shovler
Dunlin Spotted redshank
Golden plover Curlew
Lapwing Turnstone
Black tail Godwit Starling
Grey Heron Little egret
Ringed plover Marsh harrier
Rook Mute Swan
Pied wagtail Mallard
Meadow pipit (possible)