Trip reports

Melton to Woodbridge

Oystercatcher wading in shallow water

Sunday, 12 January 2020

We parked up in Melton Riverside Car Park and walked along the river wall towards Woodbridge.
It was 2 hours before high tide and to start with the weather was cloudy, with a breeze and some patches of sun.
There were a lot of birds to see as you can see from the list. Initially it was dry but then a black cloud came over and the rain came down.
We made for the Deben Cafe and enjoyed a hot drink and some refreshment and carried on our bird watching under shelter from there.
The rain did not last long and we walked on as far as the corner just past the Sewage works where we were treated to a close up view of a Goldcrest flitting about in the bushes.
On our way back the tide was higher and the birds closer, I wish that I had taken my camera to show all the Dunlin lined up along the fence in the river and the large flock of Golden Plover that flew in.
The Avocets were there in large numbers too. It was a pleasure to see a good number of Lapwings too. All together a good morning.

The group bird list for the morning.

MELTON RIVER WALL
Cloudy, windy, Sunny, Rain

Avocet (over 100)
Black Headed Gull
Blackbird
Blue Tit
Bullfinch
Canada Geese
Chiffchaff
Cormorant
Crows
Curlew
Dunlin (lots)
Goldcrest
Golden Plover
Great Tit
Greater Black Backed Gull
Grey Plover
Herring gull
House Sparrow
Jay
Lapwing (lots)
Lesser Black Backed Gull
Little Grebe
Long Tailed Tit
Mallard Duck
Meadow Pipit (1)
Moorhen (H)
Oyster Catcher
Peregrine
Pochard
Redshank
Reed Bunting
Ringed Plover
Robin
Starling
Teal
Turnstone
Wigeon
Wood Pigeon

Muntjack on the far bank

Gillian Hetherington