Nature Trail by Tim Denham
This year the walk took place on Sunday 2nd Feb. Despite days of rain the day dawned dry and brightish if dreadfully soggy under foot in places. Twenty+ club members and a couple of friends arrived to set off from the clubhouse at 10.00hrs.
There were a lot of apologies from regular walkers due to ops and family events but twenty was a nice number and the bird spotting was really good with excellent numbers of our winter visitors seen. Perhaps the most impressive sighting for us was the large flock of some 450+ avocets all in the air together.
We had good close-up sightings of black-tailed and bar-tailed godwits side by side, so it was nice to compare the differences and a lovely little female reed bunting hunted for seeds in the marsh plants close by us on the sea wall. The walk was the usual 2.5 mile route along the seawall, along the old railway track, up through the wood and along the edge of the field then along Cut Throat Lane to the Chase.
Just before the Chase in the horses’ field there were sightings of some 25 beautiful fieldfares. Down through the Chase and across the sodden marshes brought us back to the clubhouse. We all arrived back rather muddy and very ready to have a drink and another great hot lunch prepared by the wonderful galley crew.
Bird sightings – – all 50 species! Little grebe, Cormorant, Little egret, Grey heron, Mute swan, Dark-bellied Brent Goose, Shelduck, Wigeon, Teal, Goosander, Sparrowhawk, Kestrel, Pheasant, Moorhen, Oystercatcher, Avocet, Grey plover, Lapwing Dunlin, Black-tailed godwit, Bar-tailed godwit, Curlew, Redshank, Black-headed gull, Lesser black-backed gull, Herring gull, Greater black -backed gull, Feral pigeon, Stock dove, Woodpigeon, Great spotted woodpecker, Skylark, Meadow pipit, Robin, Blackbird, Fieldfare, Long-tailed tit, Blue tit, Great Tit, Treecreeper, Jay, Magpie, Jackdaw, Rook, Carrion crow, Starling, Chaffinch, Goldfinch, Linnet, Reed bunting.