A weekend away at Bawdsey/Rendlesham, 4 - 5 February 2023

We took our motorhome for a spin this last weekend staying over for one night at Bawdsey Quay. 

The weekend was spent walking miles and exploring the area although it has to be said that there was very little to get excited about in the realm of natural history. Saturday saw us do a long loop north along the beach from Bawdsey Quay to north of East Lane despite signs saying the footpath was closed! If trying this path (on the seaward side of Bawdsey Manor) make sure you do it and low tide. We busied ourselves taking arty photos and reaching East Lane there was lots of Little Grebe vocal action and a Bearded Tit is probably a good record for there. A Common Seal was just offshore. On the walk back along the lane 2 Curlew were in a field and back at the picnic site carpark just before the quay a noisy Ring-necked Parakeet was found. That's 2 in 2 days with another having been added to the garden list back in Pulham the day before as one flew over the road while I was in the drive. 

After a peaceful moonlit night in the van we moved the short distance north on Sunday to do a long walk around Upper Hollesley Common and Rendlesham Forest. Woodlarks were in evidence with 3 singing birds providing a lovely backdrop to the sunny heath. Not much else was seen on the whole walk however just the odd Siskin and a Green Woodpecker. Snowdrops are now in full flower and the first couple of flowering Daffodils were also seen.


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