Trip report: Stodmarsh National Nature Reserve

Perhaps we were a bit late getting to Stodmarsh this year. Many birds we’d usually expect to see had probably already moved on.

21 May 2022

We only saw about 3 hobbies (26 were reported earlier in the week), a distinct lack of swifts and martins, and only one swallow. There were lots of marsh harriers, including one food pass, a booming bittern, and two turtle doves.

Here’s our list. There were just two of us, but we still counted an impressive 57 species (not including an Aylesbury duck as it’s not a truly wild bird):

mute swan
greylag goose
mallard
gadwall
tufted duck
pheasant
little grebe
great crested grebe
cormorant
bittern (h)
grey heron
marsh harrier
buzzard
hobby
kestrel
moorhen
coot
water rail (h)
lapwing
black-headed gull
herring gull
common tern
stock dove

woodpigeon
collared dove (h)
turtle dove (2)
cuckoo (h)
green woodpecker (h)
great spotted woodpecker (h)
skylark (h)
swallow
wren (h)
dunnock (h)
robin
blackbird
song thrush
sedge warbler
reed warbler
chiffchaff (h)
cetti’s warbler (h)
whitethroat
garden warbler (h)
blackcap
goldcrest
bearded tit
long-tailed tit

blue tit
great tit
starling
jay
magpie
jackdaw
carrion crow
rook
chaffinch (h)
greenfinch (h)
reed bunting

Butterflies: orange tip, green-veined white, large white, red admiral, speckled wood, holly blue