Sunday, 30 March 2014

Lackford Lakes, Suffolk

Yesterday I went with Havering Local RSPB Group on a coach trip to Lackford Lakes. It was a great trip with good company, brilliant wildlife, superb weather to an excellent Suffolk Wildlife Trust reserve. If you fancy coming along on the next coach trip which is on Saturday 26th April to Rye Harbour NR, East Sussex, you can find out more HERE I can fully recommend it.

The reserve is 121 hectares of wetland, woodland, scrub and sandy heath. As well as a visitor centre there are eight hides. I had visited once before, back in 1992 to see a Caspian Tern, there were no visitor facilities back then.

A Snipe showed well in front of two sleeping Teal, four more Snipe were seen later.

A Treecreeper showed well in the woodland as did a Great Spotted Woodpecker. Chiffchaffs were singing around much of the reserve as was a single Blackcap in the woodland area.

A Grey Heron touched down briefly in front of one of the hides. Plenty of the commoner wildfowl were present as was a group of seven Goldeneye, the males at times displaying to the females.

The star bird for me was a Little Egret, which showed extremely well in front of the two-tiered hide, I lost count of the number of sticklebacks which it expertly caught and ate.

At least five Common Buzzards were seen, but always distant, while a Red Kite flew over at the end of the day. Over fifty bird species seen, including Bullfinch, five butterfly species included three different Brimstones and a Slow Worm was seen crossing one of the nature trails. A really enjoyable day.