Levington February 2017

Eleven hardy souls arrived in the small car park in Levington for a 10 am start. The visibility was very poor, the temperature near freezing but mercifully the wind was quite slight. We set off alongside the inlet and straight away we could see Ducks and waders in the water and on the mud. Further on, large flocks of Lapwings, Grey Plovers and Golden Plovers wheeled around before settling at the waters edge. We reached a strange bay with a large pipe discharging dirty water on to the beach. We surmised that this was water being pumped out of a dry dock at the nearby marina. A lagoon on our left revealed a Little Egret. A solitary Marsh Harrier flew quite slowly from left to right across the path and was mobbed by the other birds for it's trouble. Four Roe Deer bounded through a field of long grass a few hundred yards away and when they stopped we enjoyed good views of them looking at us! The path gradually got more and more muddy and so we turned back a little earlier than normal. There were still increasing numbers of waders arriving at the waters edge some 200 yards away. It was agreed that we had probably seen more birds and species than we had expected.

Next we travelled to the waterside in Ipswich to dine at Isaacs restaurant. This is an old converted warehouse I believe and the floors were far from level especially where our tables were! I believe that everyone had a good meal- especially Sue!!

A good days birding despite the weather.

Dave Shearing

33 Bird species seen:-

  • Teal
  • Wigeon
  • Lapwing
  • Grey Plover
  • Redshank
  • Black Headed Gull
  • Herring Gull
  • Curlew
  • Shelduck
  • Golden Plover
  • Common Snipe
  • Oyster Catcher
  • Brent Goose
  • Mallard
  • Black Tailed Godwit
  • Little Egret
  • Marsh Harrier
  • Dunnock
  • Wren
  • Wood Pigeon
  • Carrion Crow
  • Magpie
  • Meadow Pipit
  • Reed Bunting
  • Dunlin
  • Shoveler
  • Grey Heron
  • Kestrel
  • Skylark
  • Cormorant
  • Robin
  • Common Pheasant
  • Sparrow Hawk

1 Mammal Species Seen:-

  • Roe Dee