Field trip: Sennowe Park, Sat. 25th June

We all assembled at the new carpark at the Raptor Watchpoint at Great Ryburgh for the 2 o’clock start. Tom Cook, owner of Sennowe Park, turned up to welcome us and send us on our way under the guidance of ace birder, artist and member – Steve Cale. I lost track of some of the route as we wound around the main lakes of the estate and through woods. It is so encouraging to see how sympathetically these old gravel workings have been restored with shallow edges and numerous islands bringing in loads of wildlife. So different to many so-called restorations.

As we continued our tour the bird list was growing with lots of good birds helped by plenty of keen eyes and Steve’s spotting skills. A very distant Kingfisher and diminutive Little Ringed Plover were two great spots by eagle-eyed members. We were given a great, but brief, I.D. course by Steve as an adult Mediterranean Gull suddenly took off from one of the islands and we could, then,all see the full, black head and lack of black on the wings as it circled around before disappearing. It’s easy when these are pointed out! We arrived back at the carpark some 3½ hours later with a very impressive species total of 60.  Many thanks to Steve for a very enjoyable afternoon.

Bird List.:-
Wood Pigeon, Collared Dove, Blue Tit, Great Tit, Chaffinch, Blackbird, Goldfinch, House Martin, Swift, Kestrel, Buzzard, Sparrowhawk, Stock Dove, Crow, Lapwing, House Sparrow, Dunnock, Linnet, Chiffchaff, Lesser Black-backed Gull,Black-headed Gull, Greylag Goose, Canada Goose, 54 x Mute Swan, Tufted Duck, Mallard, Little Egret, Little Grebe, Willow Warbler, Coot, Gadwall, 53 x Egyptian Goose, Avocet, Cormorant, Common Tern, Jackdaw, Moorhen, Grey Heron, Kingfisher, Oystercatcher, Whitethroat, Mediterranean Gull, Great Crested Grebe, Reed Bunting, Bullfinch, Garden Warbler, Common Gull, Shelduck, Green Sandpiper, Pochard, Yellowhammer, Teal, Little Ringed Plover, Rook, Wren, Sedge Warbler, Hobby, Blackcap, Goldcrest, Reed Warbler.

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