Stour Estuary February 2018


The Group met for an early lunch at the Kings Head pub in the village of Stutton where the roaring log fire’s welcome was equalled by the warmthof the staff. In this very convivial atmosphere we enjoyed a good lunch whilst keeping an eye on the time, or rather the tide, as much depends on the state of the tide when viewing the mud-loving waders and ducks.

We soon togged up in the small car park at Lower Holbrook and made the short walk to the start of the birding smorgasbord served up for our delectation. We could see a good selection of birds in the distance at thewater’s edge and hoped they would be brought closer as the tide came in.

Meantime we did have good close views of black tailed godwits and more especially some very smart pintail drakes and ducks, for many observers, the birds of the day. The estuary path was very muddy for much of the time but we managed to stay upright and continued to build a good count of bird species which were as follows:

Wood pigeon, collared dove, blue tit, great tit, wren, robin, dunnock, blackbird, rook, crow, magpie, starling, house sparrow, chaffinch, goldfinch, jay, curlew, godwit, teal, wigeon, pintail, shelduck, redshank, dunlin, oyster catcher, mute swan, Egyptian geese, grey plover, turnstone, lapwing, herring gull, BH gull, moorhen.

33 species in all.

Members thought that delaying from the usual start time of 10am to an early lunch at 12 noon followed by afternoon birding did prove successful, as the incoming tide had started to bring the birds closer as the afternoon wore on.

Thanks to Tony and Ann for recceing the tide and the lunch location, both successful on the day.

Peter H