Sunday, 30 November 2014

Lackford Lakes

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 and a superb finale at an excellent Suffolk Wildlife Trust reserve. If you fancy coming along on the next coach trip which is on Saturday 31 January to RSPB Dungeness in Kent, 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. Due to flooding access to Bessie's Hide was closed today and Steggall's Hide was closed for refurbishment.

The weather was mild for the end of November around 10c but it remained overcast pretty much all day making photography difficult. The Bullfinch below was probably my best effort, we saw at least six around the reserve.

 The Great Spotted Woodpecker below was hammering chuncks out of the trees in the woodland! Other birds seen from the woodland trail were Treecreeper, Marsh and Coal Tits, Goldcrest and a Muntjac Deer.

Long-tailed Tit lots of these were seen in roving tit flocks.

Other species highlights included at least two Tree Sparrows, Siskin, stunning drake Goldeneye, Marsh Tits on the visitor centre feeders and a stunning Starling murmuration at the end of the day, as 15000 starlings gathered to roost in the reedbed behind the visitor centre, a stunning display.