Lakenheath Fen September 2018

BLACKBOURNE U3A BIRDING GROUP VISIT TO RSPB LAKENHEATH FEN 13th September 2018

Nine of us met in the car park at the RSPB Lakenheath Fen on Thursday the 13th September 2018. The weather was warm and sunny with a very light wind.

After spending some time watching birds on the feeders by the visitors centre we set off along the track by the railway. Tony called our attention to a large raptor that was a Buzzard but higher up we also observed a Hobby. Further up the track we saw a Kestrel perching on a Poplar tree for several minutes. Unfortunately there was a lot of maintenance work going on at the reserve so we did not see anything at the first hide and the route to the top hide was closed off.

The walk back to the car park alongside the river seems to get longer! Most of the scrapes were dry as a result of the dry Summer. Cranes were definitely heard as we walked along the river but we were not able to see them as they were below a bank on the far side of the river. The number of bird species seen was rather small but this is not the best time of year for birds as they are moulting and some of the Summer migrants have already left. We saw 19 species in all and heard 5 others. After our walk we had an excellent lunch at the nearby Bloomsberries Cafe. Many thanks to Angela for making the arrangements.

Birds seen:
Goldfinch, Robin, Moorhen, Carrion Crow, Great Tit, Blue Tit, Marsh Tit, Reed Bunting, Buzzard, Hobby, Heron, Kestrel, Wood Pigeon, Coot, Black Headed Gull, Mute Swan, Mallard, Stock Dove, Marsh Harrier.

Birds heard:
Cetti’s Warbler, Water Rail, Green Woodpecker, Kingfisher, Crane.