Trip reports

Cogden Beach

male stonechat perched on bramble
RSPB Image

Wednesday, 25 April 2018

The group has a regular visit to Cogden Beach, near Burton Bradstock, at the end of April to witness the spring bird migration; this is usually well under way. This year the birds were rather more difficult to find, perhaps the earlier fine weather had encouraged them to pass straight through, or perhaps the current cold spell had made them slow down. We started by spotting 2 distant Common scoter on the sea near the Chesil Beach. Skylark were singing enthusiastically, Blackcap and Chaffinch were calling from the blackthorn hedges. There was a Kestrel hovering and plenty of fine Linnets on the walk down to the beach, where Cetti's warblers were heard. A male Stonechat displayed well and the Scoter were seen at close quarters, so we were able to study the male and female plumages. The usual Whitethroat seen in previous years were sadly not found by the group today. Our hunt for Whimbrel, a target for this trip also proved unsuccessful, but there were Reed warblers calling in the reed beds and a Reed bunting showing well. At the woodland were Chiffchaffs, Green woodpecker, Blue and Great tits and a hovering Buzzard. Another bird we hoped to see, the Lesser whitethroat was calling clearly near the car park but proved too elusive for more than a quick glimpse of movement.

Other wildlife we noted were orange tip, small white and speckled wood butterflies, a bee fly and cowslips. A total of about 29 bird species were recorded by the 16 participants.

Mary Robins