Trimley Marshes Nature Reserve

Trimley Marshes - next to the massive container port of Felixstowe

Trimley Marshes – next to the massive container port of Felixstowe

SWT reserve Trimley Marshes is a long walk from the car park – about 2 miles to the hides. That’s good because it means you can sometimes have the place to yourself 🙂 On a bright winter day like today it is the Suffolk coast at it’s best, despite the surreal juxtaposition of the low rumbling sounds of the container port with the calls of the birds. The noise of the container port fades with distance. The port is behind you when looking at the birds, the sound wasn’t obtrusive from the second hide onwards.

tranquil view oof the reedbeds at Trimley

tranquil view of the reedbeds at Trimley

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Brent Geese arriving

I was treated to some lovely views of winter ducks – teal, wigeon, shelduck, and it was good to see a decent size flock of Lapwing.

recording of teal and wigeon – the wigeon are the whisting sounds and the teal are the regular metallic sounds

Handsome male Stonechat and his mate in front of the hide

Handsome male Stonechat and his mate in front of the hide

Closer to me was a male Stonechat and his mate, while in the hedgerows on the way out a flock of bum-barrels skitted across.

long-tailed tit, 'bumbarrels' in Suffolk dialect

long-tailed tit, ‘bumbarrels’ in Suffolk dialect

Male wigeon - these make a pleasing whistling sound

Male wigeon – these make a pleasing whistling sound

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lagoon from the second hide

Lapwings landing

Lapwings coming in to land

Recording of lapwing and wigeon. Tle lapwings are skittish and at about 45 seconds there’s a dread and they all take to the air

On of my favourite birds, is the curlew, with it’s lovely liquid bubbling call – it much be a job carrying that massive downcurved bill out ahead in flight.

Curlew

Curlew

 

 

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