Stodmarsh Nature Reserve Field Trip

Three of us braved the elements but the weather forecast was totally wrong again, a few rain showers but mostly dry though most paths around the reserve were caked in mud. A marsh harrier put in an early appearance and from the first hide we saw only ducks on the water, gadwall , teal, mallards, shovelers’ & coots. No sign of any kingfishers or indeed any raptors. Leaving the hide a kestrel put in an appearance and cetti warblers reminded us they were present but not seen, indeed they did this all the way round the reserve until we spied one flying past after calling out to us. Stonechats and reed buntings were about and at the next hide a peregrine falcon briefly perched in a tree close to the hide. Five snipe waded amongst a number of lapwings and a little grebe did its customery diving in the pool. On the way to the next hide tits, chaffinches and a robing fed by our feet on bird food left by others. Enjoying lunch in the third hide a lot of time was spend watching a pair of marsh harriers and what looked like a different raptor but too far away to be able to confirm it identity. The walk back to the car park by the river Stour was muddy and there were numerous signs of beaver activity. In general the reserve was flooded with large areas of water not normally seen in the summer months. A well earned cup of coffee was enjoyed in the pub before we set off home. A great day out.