I ended up doing the circuit known as the Reedbed Loop, walking in from the Leiston road through a very nice area of heath and grassland. At the seat which overlooks the reedbed I was surprised to see a Harris Hawk which flew past quite low, calling and then disappeared over the far side of the reedbed. I understand that an escaped bird has been in the area for some time.
|View over part of the reedbed|
Cutting through the woods and turning left when I reached the old railway line I soon reached another viewpoint over the reeds where 3 Hobbies were putting on a fine display, and a Marsh Harrier was seen in the distance. If I had continued on this path I could have visited Thorpeness Mere - the House in the Clouds was visible over the wet meadows on the right of the path.
I continued to follow the path around the reedbed, through some woodland, and past some cottages, ending up on a boardwalk leading to a very nice new viewing platform. A pair of Marsh Harriers were displaying here, and the Harris Hawk put in another brief appearance.
The boardwalk continued through some areas of cut vegetation which looked very promising for later in the year. I saw a few clumps of Marsh Marigold in flower, a bit of a rarity nowadays.