Trip reports

Reculver Country Park (Leader Pete Saville)

Reculver Country Park (Leader Pete Saville)
Oystercatcher [Richard Hanman]

Sunday, 12 November 2017

The day started clear with a blustery wind. While waiting for the walk to start from the carpark, pied wagtail, herring gulls, cormorants' sparrow hawk, goosander and gannets seen. Thirteen members arrived ready for the off. We decided to walk along the Roman wall looking for any birds in the scrub. Dunnock, red-legged partridge and kestrel seen from scrub and fields, then onto the North Seawall.

The blustery wind had now turned into a full blown gale. Two golden eyes spotted flying east, by the Oyster farm, redshank on the outlet. Continuing along the wall Steve picked up a buzzard. Large flock of goldfinches going into the scrub. On the land side of the wall stonechat, marsh harrier, little egret, blackbird, song thrush. Greenshank on the oyster beds when we heard that snow buntings had been seen further along the wall.

While making our way to the spot where the snow buntings had been seen, we added shelduck to our list. Steve spotted the snow buntings, first a small flock of four females, they then flew right up to the group. Everyone had good views. As we were not far from the Cold Harbour Lagoon we continued along the sea wall. Only mallards and a solitary redshank and on the sea a small raft of wigeons. Oyster catcher and turnstone on the receding tide shore line.

We then decided to return due to the wind blowing even harder. Fieldfare, mute swan, ring plover added. The walk back was very hard into the head wind. Everyone was glad to get back to car park to warm up. Starlings were seen around the towers.

Total birds seen on the day 35 with snow buntings our bonus bird.

Pete Saville