Sunday, 29 March 2015

Strumpshaw Fen

Yesterday I joined RSPB Havering Local Group's coach outing to Strumpshaw Fen, with 30+ members on the coach we headed to Norfolk in good spirits. The weather forecast was for overcast with the possibility of a shower, which was spot on and the brief shower arrived as we sat in Fen Hide! Not great conditions for photography, but I gave it ago.

The reserve has a great mix of habitats from extensive reedbeds, wet grassland and wet woodland and a range of pools, wet ditches and ponds. Started and the finished the day in the woodlands, where we had great views of Marsh Tit, Nutchatch, Treecreeper and Goldcrest along with the usual woodland birds. Possibly the commonest bird here is Pheasant they were in every habitat with the exception of the ponds! and their calls were a characteristic of the day. Also saw five Red-legged Partridge and Great Spotted Woodpecker.

At the end of the day I had seen fifty species and a great day was had by everyone.

Treecreeper

Great Tit

Marsh Tit

Marsh Tit

Nuthatch
 From the Fen & Tower Hide, Marsh Harriers were seen over the reedbeds, possibly twelve different birds. A Red Kite was a surprise, there are apparently not too many in Norfolk and very strange to see it over reedbeds.
male Marsh Harrier

male Marsh Harrier

male Marsh Harrier

pair Marsh Harriers

Red Kite

Red Kite

female Marsh Harrier

female Marsh Harrier

Marsh Harrier

Red Kite

Red Kite (above) and Marsh Harrier

Red Kite (above) and Marsh Harrier