Lynford Arboretum

Trip report for visit to Lynford Arboretum on 26th of February.

An encouraging thirteen members turned up in the Arboretum car park. There was mixed sunshine and cloud all day, tempered by a cold wind.

Early in the walk a viewpoint with feeders had been annoyingly screened off although we did manage brief views of Brambling and Yellowhammer. The feeders down by the bridge (to which Trevor added) yielded the hoped for set of tits – great, blue, coal, marsh and long-tailed plus Nuthatch, and Siskin in the trees above. The walk round The Paddocks was very disappointing with no Hawfinch and a total absence of the usual flocks of winter thrushes.

We then went the other way from the car park down to the lake and here too the cupboard was nearly bare although some did see a pair of displaying Great Crested Grebes, always a treat. There was also a Little Egret.

In view of the poor morning (34 species), I offered an afternoon trip to Lakenheath Fen less than ten miles away. Six of us went and were able to add 31 more species to the day’s total.

As well as the expected ducks, we saw two Whooper Swans, Oystercatchers, about twenty Avocets and hundreds of “murmurating” Lapwings. There were also Buzzards and a Marsh Harrier but the real stars were a pair of Common Cranes and a lovely flock of six Lesser Redpolls which gave excellent views.

It was a shame that the others couldn’t have joined us.