Holbrook, November 2016

Holbrook Estuary November 2016

The full complement of 12 members met up in the small car park at Lower Holbrook. The weather was a bit windy and promised rain at some point. After a brisk 10 minute walk we arrived at the quaint little natural harbour of Lower Holbrook on the River Stour. Before us lay a collection of small boats and yachts perched on the mud as the tide was receding fast. Also on the mud and in the creeks, where there was still some water, there were several species of birds to be seen. Behind the sea wall on the other side of the path were some extensive Hawthorn thickets and we were treated to the sight of two pairs of colourful Bullfinches. We proceeded along the sea wall, bird spotting as we went.

There was a case of mistaken identity as several members were puzzled by a ?bird perched on the front of a boat. Numerous possibilities were suggested until someone declared that it was, in fact a buoy!! But the gold medal for misidentification goes to Dave who confidently announced that a Cormorant was sitting on top of a channel marking post about half a mile away in the river. Peter trained his 'scope on it and declared that it was in fact some black inverted cones put on the post to deter birds from perching!

The weather deteriorated so we looked to leave for the Oyster Reach Pub earlier than we had planned.

We saw a total of 36 bird species and heard a further 2 bird species.

Dave Shearing


  • Woodpigeon
  • Wagtail ? Grey or Pied Starling
  • Redshank
  • Wigeon
  • Teal
  • Black Headed Gull
  • Black Tailed Godwit
  • Little Egret
  • Grey Plover
  • Carrion Crow
  • Oystercatcher
  • Grey Heron
  • Robin
  • Blackbird
  • Mallard
  • Curlew
  • Dunlin
  • Song Thrush
  • Bullfinch
  • Greenfinch
  • Shelduck
  • Pintail
  • Common Snipe
  • Magpie
  • Brent Goose
  • Lesser Black Backed Gull Wren
  • Turnstone
  • Pipit ? Rock or Meadow Dunnock
  • Lapwing
  • Rook
  • Mute Swan
  • Grey Lag Goose
  • Canada Goose


  • Cetti's Warbler
  • Goldcrest