Stodmarsh on Sunday to try and find the White-Winged Black Terns. Had to go Sunday due to work on Saturday for me and then Dad having to go pre-planned commitments in the evening. We turned up and headed straight towards Lampen Wall via the Alder Wood.
On the way into Stodmarsh village itself, we saw Rook, Crow, Jackdaw, Wood Pigeon, Linnet, Dunnock, Swallow, House Sparrow and Stock Dove. No sign of the Little Owl around the fields.
We headed to Lampen Wall once parked up and on the way round we managed to pick up Whitethroat, Blackcap, Moorhen, Coot, Mallard, Great Tit, Blue Tit, Long-Tailed Tit, Chiffchaff, Reed Bunting, Blackbird and Wood Pigeon. Whilst looking for the Terns (and failing) we saw other birds on and around the lake. The usual birds were on the lake, Cormorant, Grey Heron, Greylag Geese, Great Crested Grebe, Tufted Duck, Mallard, Common Terns were sitting on the island and flying past. Other birds that flew over were Canada Geese, Hobbies, Marsh Harriers, Herring Gulls and Black Headed Gulls. Whilst there on the other side of the wall there were 3 Marsh Harriers flying about just over the reeds, Bearded Tits briefly showed themselves and a Bittern was booming.
After Lampen Wall we headed to the water meadows to see if there was anything interesting there. On our way I managed to see a Great Spotted Woodpecker fly over the river, there were Willow Warblers squabbling in the undergrowth and Cetti's Warblers were singing all the way round but seeing them and hearing are two massively different things when it comes to Cetti's.
Checking out Marsh Hide not much was seen, Mute Swan, Lapwing, Little Egret, Reed Warbler and plenty of Marsh Frogs. I did manage a few pictures of the Reed Warbler whilst it was out in the open in front of the hide.
On the way back, once again not much was seen, a brilliant male Marsh Harrier flying around, Hobbies, Magpie, Wren and we did manage to see a Cetti's Warbler! In the Alder Wood we saw 2 Great Spotted Woodpeckers but no Robin today which was a surprise because he or she is a regular in the Alder Wood.