Trip reports

Stodmarsh and Grove Ferry NNR (Leader Peter Saville)

Stodmarsh and Grove Ferry NNR (Leader Peter Saville)
Blackcap [Richard Hanman]

Sunday, 27 May 2018

The walk started at 9.30 am. Ten members plus myself. Two new members who had not been on our group walks before were Bill and Helen.

From the carpark we headed for the Reed Bed Hide, with many birds seen and heard. Most of the group got to see and hear a nightingale. Good numbers of blackcaps, goldfinches, blackbirds, robins, great tits and blue tits. Buzzard was seen just as we arrived at the hide. From the hide reed buntings, shovelers, crested grebes, greylag geese, common terns, with plenty of other water birds to add to our list.

We then continued out onto the path towards the River Stour. Marsh harriers and hobby's were now up riding the thermals. The Tower Hide has been taken down much the surprise of some of the group. A new hide is being constructed. On the path towards Grove Ferry a turtle dove was heard calling, and distant bittern booming. We arrived at Grove Ferry at 12.30 pm for lunch. By this time the temperature was 28c. On scanning the scrape garganey was called by Ron. Adrian confirmed that were in fact two male plus a female. After lunch we trudged down to Kingfisher Hide. Here we observed common tern on the nest looking very hot, much like ourselves. A cormorant was moving a large piece of wood back and forth. What it was trying to do was uncertain.

We made it to the Marsh Hide for a quick look. Lapwings, moorhens, sedge and reed warblers were seen. Across the fields skylarks were noted. We had seen many swallows and a few house martins. Only four swifts were seen. By this time the group were feeling the temperature as we made our way to the carpark I think everyone was glad to get back.

Peter Saville

Total Birds seen 51

Butterfly's: speckled wood, tortoiseshell, small blue, speckled heath, peacock and red admiral.

Mammals: wood mouse

Reptiles: grass snake.