Lakenheath April 2016


We had a good day at Lakenheath with warm Spring sunshine and light winds although ominous looking thunder clouds were very close at times. Thankfully we stayed dry and although we saw fewer species than at Titchwell, some of the views we had were spectacular.

Male Marsh Harriers in full colour were to be seen quartering the reedbeds and more than one male Reed Bunting gave us close up displays of its striking plumage. Late in the morning at least two male Bitterns boomed out their presence but despite our efforts we did not see them. Returning Warblers were seen and/or heard and the Cetti's Warblers which probably overwintered took the 'most strident song' award although the numerous Wrens were not far behind. The lack of foliage enabled us to see more birds. We were surprised by the number of Butterflies seen (5 species and 20-30 individuals such as Peacocks in particular). Some members of the group enjoyed good views of a Water Vole. When we finished at the reserve we moved on to the Bloomsberries Restaurant which is only about half a mile away and all enjoyed an excellent meal and a drink. Many thanks to Sally and Beryl for making all of the arrangements.

PS. See below for lists of Birds and other species seen or heard.

Birds Seen (30 Species)

  • Great Tit
  • Coot
  • Mallard
  • Reed Bunting
  • Wren
  • Dunnock
  • Blackbird
  • Grey Lag Goose
  • Carrion Crow
  • Lapwing
  • Wood Pigeon
  • Blue Tit
  • Rook
  • Goldfinch
  • Mute Swan
  • Canada Goose
  • Grey Heron
  • Marsh Harrier
  • Hobby
  • Siskin
  • Brambling
  • Common Buzzard
  • Willow Warbler (Probable)
  • Jay
  • Tufted Duck
  • Wigeon
  • Great Crested Grebe
  • Jackdaw
  • Moorhen
  • Shoveler

Birds Heard

  • Cetti's Warbler
  • Whitethroat
  • Reed Warbler
  • Chiffchaff
  • Pheasant
  • Bittern
  • Great Spotted Woodpecker


  • Brimstone
  • Peacock
  • Green Veined White
  • Small White
  • Small Tortoiseshell


  • Water VoleĀ 

Dave Shearing