Leaders: Sue Gale & Colin Fenn
Reporter & Bird List: David Laurie
At 7:30 we gathered in a layby at a footpath onto Westleton Heath (just to the North of Minsmere). There was a Chiffchaff overhead and a Blackcap and soon after we set off there was a singing Nightingale which was seen by a fortunate few. Further on a view over a field to the right gave us a pair of Stone-curlews with two chicks, welcome evidence of successful breeding. Moving on we came upon a substantial herd of Red Deer and a gorse patch with a Dartford Warbler, again seen by a few of us, and a fine male Yellowhammer. On the grassland behind was another Stone-curlew which gave us much closer views. A little further on a pit to the left of the path had nesting Sand Martins, while on the edge were Woodlarks and a splendid Wheatear. All of which made an excellent start to a clear, sunny and warming day.
Leaders: Chris Stone(WVBS) and Richard Spowage (Pensthorpe)
Reporter: Ray Gribble
Bird List: David Laurie
After a night of heavy rain 19 WVBS members were pleased to note the rain had stopped when they met at 5.30a.m. at Pensthorpe where they were greeted by Richard Spowage, the Reserve Manager. Despite remaining murky as we assembled in the car park we were regaled by the ubiquitous Robin, Wren, Blackbird, Woodpigeon and Chaffinch with both Chiffchaff and Stock Dove adding voice.
Leader: David Gibbons
Reporter: David Laurie
Bird List: Seamus O’Dowd
Twelve members made this trip which started in brilliant style.
When we arrived David G had found a singing Nightingale in the
scrub alongside the road approaching the visitor centre and
it continued to give us its song and to show really well, often perching
on a branch in clear view.
Leader: Steve Chapman
Reporter: Stephanie Plaster
This wonderful reserve contains a wide range of different habitats including, alder carr, woodland, hay meadows, reedbeds, ponds and scrapes, plus numerous ditches and drains criss-cross the site. The River Wensum winds along the perimeter. There are seven large hides, plus paths are well defined and signposted and the boardwalks are well maintained for easy access. There is also an extensive enclosure to the west of the site, containing two adults Beavers, as can be seen on the site map below.
26.02.2023 - Field Trip : Burgh Castle and Breydon Water, Filby and Ormsby Little Broads, and St Benet's Abbey
Leader: Sue Gale
Reporter: Jacquie Fenn
Species List: Mary Walker
Eighteen members of the club met up at the Burgh Castle car park on a clear but definitely chilly morning. Before the walk started, we noted lots of small birds in the hedges and trees around the car park. Greenfinches, Goldfinches and Buzzards were seen surpassed by the surprise fleeting view of a Woodcock as it flew over the nearby housetops. We took this to
be a good omen for the rest of the walk.
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