28th January 2016
The plan today was to park at Ride 24 and walk down towards Grimes Graves in the hope of seeing the Great Grey Shrike and to see if there were any Wood Larks around. As often happens there was immediate action in the car park with a pair of Tree Creepers actively feeding in the nearby trees.
Down on the clear fell there was no sign of the Great Grey Shrike, which wasn't too surprising as it roams from the far side of Grimes Graves to the railway by Santon Downham. However, here the bonus was the three Goshawks that were displaying over the woods in the distance. Back on the ground a pair of Meadow Pipits were setting up territory on one of the lines of grubbed out roots, and a female Stonechat was taking advantage of the newly planted firs for a look-out point.
We then moved on to Lackford Lakes where a Marsh Tit was taking advantage of some seed strewn on a fallen tree trunk.
Further along the trail a drake Goldeneye was posing well in front of the Atlas Hide, the first bird that I have ever seen close in in front of this particular hide.
But the star of the show once more was the female Long-tailed Duck which today was back on Long Reach in front of Bessie's Hide, albeit initially a bit distant. It did eventually come a little closer, but the long distance was made up for by the lovely afternoon sun. I wonder just how much longer this bird will stay?