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Little Brown Jobs

Little Brown Jobs
Suffolk coast and heathlands

Garden Warbler.

Skulking LBJs like the Garden Warbler help us to know who they are by their unmistakeable songs and calls. Here is a great opportiunity to improve your confidence.

One of the trickiest groups of birds to identify are the “Little Brown Jobs”. Inconspicuous in plumage and often skulking in their behaviour, they prefer the cover of foliage, scrub or reeds to exposed perches. Sometimes they bounce across the sky in small flocks, giving us tantalisingly few clues to help us with their identity and it is hardly surprising that they are some of the most challenging birds to identify.  However, what they lack in visual distinction they often make up for with their vocal capabilities. During this workshop we will be visiting a variety of habitats and a number of nearby top birdwatching spots along the Suffolk coast including such excellent reserves as Walberswick, Dunwich Heath and Minsmere. Up to eleven species of warbler can be found here at this time of year and, using, songs, calls and  “jizz” we will explore the techniques for confident identification of these and other less obvious species.

Next date to be announced

Four nights dinner bed and breakfast, picnic lunches, transport throughout the event, and the services of the leader.  This price does not include personal insurance.

Insurance and items of a personal nature such as drinks, laundry and phone calls.

Satis House Hotel is an 18th Century Grade 1 listed country house, in the village of Yoxford and is perfectly placed for exploration of the Suffolk coastline between Walberswick and Aldburgh. The rooms are very comfortable and well-appointed and Satis House has a reputation for excellent standards of food. For more information visit www.satishouse.co.uk

Day 1
4.00 p.m. onwards. Check in to hotel
6.45 p.m. Reception and introductions.
7.00 p.m. Dinner in the restaurant
8.30 p.m. “Little Brown Jobs” – an Introduction”  Illustrated talk.

Day 2
8.00a.m. Breakfast
9.15 a.m. Depart
Ten minutes away we have Minsmere the marvellous RSPB reserve where we will be heading after breakfast. This is without a doubt one of the finest reserves in the country with woodland, scrapes, heathland and reedbeds all providing a wealth of birdwatching experiences. The brackish channels are particularly good for Cetti’s, Reed and Sedge Warblers while Grasshopper Warbler occurs around the drier edges. Savi’s Warbler has bred here in the past and Firecrest is a regular sighting.  
7.00 p.m. Dinner in restaurant
8.30 p.m. Review of days sightings plus a session on birdsongs and calls.

Day 3
8.00 a.m. Breakfast
9.15 a.m. Depart for Walberswick. Extensive reedbeds give us further chances for a range of warblers plus Bearded Tit. The scrub and woodland in this reserve is perfect for a wide range of warblers such as Garden, Willow, Chiffchaff, Blackcap, Nightingale as well as incoming Whitethroat and Lesser Whitethroat. The coastal strip will be worth a visit for pipits, wagtails and larks. Aside from LBJs this is also a fantastic spot for raptors including Marsh Harriers and incoming Hobbies. Water Rails occasionally show and of course Bittern will be booming.
7.00 p.m. Dinner in restaurant
8.30 p.m. Identifying LBJ’s by “jizz”.

Day 4
8.00 a.m. Breakfast
9.15 a.m. Today we will be taking a look at a few Suffolk Wildlife trust reserves which are local to us including Reydon Wood, Hen Reedbeds and Dunwich Forest, all of which are and will provide a range of habitats for us to explore including conifer woodland, ancient deciduous woodland and wetlands. Birds of the conifers may include Crossbill, Siskin and Redpoll. Nightingales are found and many of these sites and in the more open areas of heathland we may encounter Dartford Warbler and Woodlark.
7.00 p.m. Dinner in restaurant
8.30 p.m. Review of days sightings plus a focus on separating the trickier species such as Willow Warbler/Chiffchaff, Tree/Meadow Pipit, Blackcap and Garden Warbler.

Day 5
8.00a.m. Breakfast
9.00 a.m. Depart for home

TRANSPORT: 17-seater minibus with plenty of spare room.

PRICE: The price includes four nights dinner bed and breakfast, three picnic lunches, transport throughout the event and the services of the leader. A £100 non-refundable deposit per person is required at the point of booking, the balance being due 2 months before the event.  This price does not include personal insurance. The group size will be limited to a maximum of 12.

LEADER: Keith Offord