An enthusiastic, but not very expert group, sharing our knowledge at various birdwatching venues. Choice of a Monday or Saturday walk each month, September to May.
2017-2018 Birdwatching Reports
Birdwatchers: Sat. 9th Sep.2017: Fingringhoe Wick
Six members of U3A enjoyed a pleasant sunny morning at the delightful Fingringhoe Wick Nature reserve which is over 200 acres with a new intertidal area. The reserve is situated on the banks of the Colne with a salt marsh and diverse areas of woodland, Heath and scrub, ponds and lakes. There are 10 hides to view wildlife comfortably seated for older members!
We had a 10 minute talk from a volunteer who told us that it is the best place for nightingales especially in the evening during April. Brent geese can be found at the end of the year and in Autumn, and migrate to Siberia landing first at the Thames estuary to eat the eel grass.
Species of birds found during the year are Spoonbills, marsh harriers, red shanks, golden plovers, lapwings, avocets, herring gulls, black tern common term black tailed godwit green sandpiper, dunlin, grey plover, waders on the mudflats, and kingfishers among many others. During the morning the 6 members saw two green shanks, a cormorant, avocets, curlew, ringed plover, herring gulls
Monday 25th September : Fingringhoe Wick
Attended by 11 members.
Here is a list of birds seen
Widgeon, female tufted teal, lapwing, little grebe(dab chick), curlew, little egret, meadow pipit, Pied wagtails, pheasant, grey plover, black tailed godwit, magpie, Canada geese, grey lag geese, cormorants, red shank, heron, golden plover, Dunlin, little plover, ring plover, oyster catcher, long tailed tits, kingfisher, crows, kestrel, greater spotted woodpecker, great tit and chaffinch.
Saturday 7th October: Hollesley
We had a very pleasant walk with Dudley Shepperd, he lives in Saxmundham. He is very knowledgeable and clearly loves the place.
There were not all that many birds around, however Ruth made a list of those we saw. Eight members attended. Birds seen; Widgeon, Mallard, Grey Heron, Shelduck, Moorhen, Teal, Little Grebe, Herring gull, Black- headed gull, Grey lag geese, Canadian Geese, Great black backed gull, Red shank, Meadow pipit, Little egret, Cormorant
Plus one speckled Wood butterfly and we heard a Cetti's warbler !
The warden was very friendly and very proud of the reserve!
Monday 23rd October: Hollesley Marsh RSPB Reserve
The Warden, Dudley Sheppard, gave an introductory chat before the walk with 11 members and two guests in attendance. The weather was mild with occasional spots of rain that did not amount to much, and bouts of sunshine and patchy cloud. Birds spotted included Widgeon, Marsh Harrier, Greylag Geese, Canada geese, Chinese Goose, Redshank, Lapwing, Shelduck, Kingfisher, Shoveler, Teal, Curlew, flocks of Goldfinches, Starlings, Little Egret, Brent Geese, Pintail, Grey Heron, Lesser spotted woodpecker, Kestrel and Long tailed tit.
Saturday 11th November : Iken Cliffs
On a gloriously sun lit morning we walked along the edge of the reed beds to low tide on the estuary. Perfect for waders! (and wellies as it was very muddy!) There were six in the group and we spotted Redshank, Curlews, Avocet, Little egret, Grey heron, Wigeon, Teal, Black tailed Godwit, Two seals (covered in mud so uncertain if they were grey or common), Shelduck, Lapwing, Green Woodpecker, Kingfisher, Kestrel as well as a Red Admiral butterfly and damsel fly getting their season confused.
Monday 27th November 2017: Iken Cliffs
Ten members attended the walk on a very cloudy and bitterly cold morning at Iken Cliffs. We were rewarded with sightings of flocks of Knot, Black tailed Godwit, Avocets, a basking seal, Marsh Harrier, Lapwing, Little Grebe, Little egret, Grey Heron, Teal, Wigeon, Shelduck, Starlings, Dunlin, Curlew, Redshank, Cormorant, Jay and one low flying Tawny Owl.
December 2017: Trimley Marshes
Five members attended the first very chilly walk and only two brave souls on the Monday walk. Both days had bright and sunny weather. Among the birds spotted were Teal, Mallard, Shoveler, Widgeon, Heron, Lapwing, Curlew, Redshank, Greylag geese, Canada geese, Buzzard, Kestrel, Filedfare, Blue tit, Great tit,Goldfinch, Wren, Green Woodpecker,Robins, Blackbirds, Dunnocks, Cettis Warbler, Little Egret, Gadwall, Curlew, Turnstone, Jay, Shoveler, Mute Swan and Marsh Harrier.
Saturday 13th January: Melton Riverside
On a very dull afternoon, we walked along the path and crossed the road following the River Deben upstream. 7 members were present. The mud flats had one of the largest flocks of Lapwing that I have seen in a long time, Shelduck, Redshank, and two VERY close Blacktailed Godwit. As we walked along the river there were some bare trees "wearing" many Cormorants as decoration and one Grey Heron. The only other excitement was caused by a pair of Swans in formation flight, a moorhen, Little Egret and Teal. A pleasant walk in good company.