Field trip: Havergate Island RSPB, Sunday 14th August

by David Knight

It was an early start to get the 7am coach from Weston Longville. The sun was already up and a fine day was in prospect. After a brief pickup at Thickthorn we arrived in Orford Quay about 8.30.  Liz Bridge had already split us into two groups and advised those going out first on the 9 o’clock sailing.  Those of us on the 10 o’clock boat had plenty of time to explore and sit about on the quay taking in the
lovely scenery and picking up a few birds for the list.  We heard the chew chew chew call of a Greenshank but didn’t see it.  Hopefully we would see one on the island.  All too soon the boat was back to pick us up and in just about 20 minutes we were disembarking on Havergate Island.  It was a superb morning and our group went about exploring each and every hide-five in all.  We did, eventually, meet the members in the first group and exchanged news.  Apart from them we were the only visitors to the island that day.  We had about four hours to explore which passed all too quickly and it was back to the boat and Orford.  We ambled back to our waiting coach and set off for home – all perfectly on schedule.

There were some good birds seen with my highlights being Greenshanks,Wood Sandpipers,Spoonbills and Whimbrels.

Our thanks to Liz for organising a really great day and also Brenda for arranging the coach.

The full list of the 47 species seen is :-
Little Egret, Herring Gull, Curlew, Redshank, Common Gull, Black-headed Gull, Swallow, Lesser Black-backed Gull, Greenshank, Black-tailed Godwits, Sandwich Tern, Common Tern, Oystercatcher, Avocets, Grey Heron, Buzzard, Bar tailed Godwit, Spoonbill, Shelduck, Cormorant, Kestrel, Magpie, Wheatear, Whimbrel, Pied Wagtail, Linnet, Canada Goose, Wood Sandpiper, Grey Plover, Pheasant, Collared Dove, Common Sandpiper, Stock Dove, Knot, Ruff, Meadow Pipit, Turnstone, Marsh Harrier, Dunlin, Mallard, Ringed Plover, Starling, Rook, Carrion Crow, House Sparrow, Jackdaw, Woodpigeon

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