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Elveden Forest Center Parcs

Suffolk

   

13-17 Jan 2020

Observers: F. Simpson, L. Simpson, J. Simpson

 

Introduction


This was a family break for our five-year-old's birthday to Center Parc's Elveden Forest in Suffolk. The focus was on relaxation, fresh air and birthday celebrations. We packed some bird seed, peanuts and the i-Spy books, and set up a feeding station at our lodge in the Pine zone. Point-blank views of various woodland birds were a continuous feature with Marsh Tit, Nuthatch, Jay and Great Spotted Woodpecker the obvious highlights. Mammals included the ubiquitous Grey Squirrels and Reeves' Muntjac Deer, and a Stoat which ran past our lodge on the first day. Birds were present throughout the site (comprised mainly of Scots and Corsican Pine with a deciduous understorey) and seemed quite habituated to humans. Below is a list of counts (including the peak counts at our feeding station) at specific times but birds, including the Marsh Tits, were a feature throughout the site.

 

Center Parcs, Elveden Forest, Suffolk  Fraser Simpson Cycling, Center Parcs Elveden Forest, Suffolk

 

Center Parcs, Elveden Forest, Suffolk  Fraser Simpson Wildlife Observation Hide, Center Parcs Elveden Forest, Suffolk

 

Center Parcs, Elveden Forest, Suffolk  Fraser Simpson Our lodge, Center Parcs Elveden Forest, Suffolk

 

 

 Species List


Great Crested Grebe  Podiceps cristatus


4, SE corner of main lake, 14-Jan.

2, NE lake in Maple zone, 15-Jan.

1, NW corner of main lake, 16-Jan.

 

Cormorant  Phalacrocorax carbo


8, SE corner of main lake, 14-Jan.

4, NE lake in Maple zone, 15-Jan.

2, NW corner of main lake, 16-Jan.

 

Grey Heron  Ardea cinerea


1 (heard), on 60 min walk north then east around perimeter fence from Pine 251 lodge to golf course, 15-Jan.

1, NE lake in Maple zone, 15-Jan.

 

Canada Goose  Branta canadensis


Noted on train/bus, Essex-Thetford, 13-Jan.

3, NE lake in Maple zone, 15-Jan.

1, in autumn-sown cereal field on edge of Pine zone, 16-Jan

3 Barnacle x Canada hybrids, NE lake in Maple zone, 15-Jan.

3 Barnacle x Canada hybrids, in autumn-sown cereal field on edge of Pine zone, 16-Jan

 

Barnacle Goose  Branta leucopsis


57 free-flying feral birds, NE lake in Maple zone, 15-Jan.

47 free-flying feral birds, in autumn-sown cereal field on edge of Pine zone, 16-Jan

 

Greylag Goose  Anser anser


2, NE lake in Maple zone, 15-Jan.

2, NW corner of main lake, 16-Jan.

13, NE lake in Maple zone, 17-Jan.

 

Mallard  Anas platyrhynchos


Noted on train/bus, Essex-Thetford, 13-Jan.

15, SE corner of main lake, 14-Jan.

31, NE lake in Maple zone, 15-Jan.

 

Shoveler  Anas clypeata


pr, NE lake in Maple zone, 15-Jan.

 

Pochard  Aythya ferina


Noted on train/bus, Essex-Thetford, 13-Jan.

1 m, NE lake in Maple zone, 15-Jan.

 

Tufted Duck  Aythya fuligula


95, NE lake in Maple zone, 15-Jan.

 

Goosander  Mergus merganser


1 m, NE lake in Maple zone, 17-Jan.

 

Pheasant  Phasianus colchicus


1 (heard), near our feeding station, Pine 251 lodge, 14-Jan.

2 mm, Wildlife Observation Hide, 17-Jan.

 

Marsh Harrier  Circus aeruginosus


Noted on train/bus, Essex-Thetford, 13-Jan.

 

Sparrowhawk  Accipiter nisus


1 f, NE lake in Maple zone, 17-Jan.

 

Kestrel  Falco tinnunculus


9, train/bus, Essex-Thetford, 13-Jan.

 

Buzzard  Buteo buteo


Noted on train/bus, Essex-Thetford, 13-Jan.

1, calling over NW corner, 15-Jan.

 

Moorhen  Gallinula chloropus


3, at our feeding station, Pine 251 lodge, 14-Jan.

11, SE corner of main lake, 14-Jan.

3, at our feeding station, Pine 251 lodge, 15-Jan.

20+, noted on cycle through Pine & Cedar zones, 15-Jun.

1, on 60 min walk north then east around perimeter fence from Pine 251 lodge to golf course, 15-Jan.

40+, NE lake in Maple zone, 15-Jan.

3, at our feeding station, Pine 251 lodge, 16-Jan.

2, at our feeding station, Pine 251 lodge, 17-Jan.

 

Coot  Fulica atra


Noted on train/bus, Essex-Thetford, 13-Jan.

4, SE corner of main lake, 14-Jan.

20+, NE lake in Maple zone, 15-Jan.

 

Black-headed Gull  Larus ridibundus


1, over our feeding station, Pine 251 lodge, 14-Jan.

12, SE corner of main lake, 14-Jan.

1, over our feeding station, Pine 251 lodge, 15-Jan.

c70, NE lake in Maple zone, 15-Jan.

40+, NE lake in Maple zone, 17-Jan.

 

Common Gull  Larus canus


Noted on train/bus, Essex-Thetford, 13-Jan.

1, NE lake in Maple zone, 17-Jan.

 

Herring Gull  Larus argentatus


Noted on train/bus, Essex-Thetford, 13-Jan.

 

Feral Pigeon  Columba livia domest.


Noted on train/bus, Essex-Thetford, 13-Jan.

 

Stock Dove  Columba oenas


Noted on train/bus, Essex-Thetford, 13-Jan.

4 (inc singing m), Wildlife Observation Hide, 17-Jan.

 

Wood Pigeon  Columba palumbus


Noted on train/bus, Essex-Thetford, 13-Jan.

10, at our feeding station, Pine 251 lodge, 14-Jan.

3, Wildlife Observation Hide, 14-Jan.

13, at our feeding station, Pine 251 lodge, 15-Jan.

21 (inc 6 singing), on 60 min walk north then east around perimeter fence from Pine 251 lodge to golf course, 15-Jan.

17, at our feeding station, Pine 251 lodge, 16-Jan.

8, at our feeding station, Pine 251 lodge, 17-Jan.

2, Wildlife Observation Hide, 17-Jan.

 

Collared Dove  Sreptopelia decaocto


Noted on train/bus, Essex-Thetford, 13-Jan.

 

Tawny Owl  Strix aluco


1 m, calling, Pine 251 lodge, 15-Jan.

1, calling, near Pine 251 lodge on the cycle to swimming, 15-Jan.

 

Great Spotted Woodpecker  Dendrocopus major


1 f, at our feeding station, Pine 251 lodge, 14-Jan.

2, Wildlife Observation Hide, 14-Jan.

1 f, at our feeding station, Pine 251 lodge, 15-Jan.

1, on 60 min walk north then east around perimeter fence from Pine 251 lodge to golf course, 15-Jan.

1 f, at our feeding station, Pine 251 lodge, 16-Jan.

1 f, at our feeding station, Pine 251 lodge, 17-Jan.

1 m, Wildlife Observation Hide, 17-Jan.

 

Wood Lark  Lullula arborea


1 (heard), on 60 min walk north then east around perimeter fence from Pine 251 lodge to golf course, 15-Jan.

 

Skylark  Alauda arvensis


1 (heard), on 60 min walk north then east around perimeter fence from Pine 251 lodge to golf course, 15-Jan.

 

Grey Wagtail  Motacilla cinerea


1, NE lake in Maple zone, 17-Jan.

 

Pied Wagtail  Motacilla alba


1, NE lake in Maple zone, 15-Jan.

1, over our feeding station, Pine 251 lodge, 16-Jan.

 

Wren  Troglodytes troglodytes


1, at our feeding station, Pine 251 lodge, 15-Jan.

3 (inc 1 singing), on 60 min walk north then east around perimeter fence from Pine 251 lodge to golf course, 15-Jan.

1, Wildlife Observation Hide, 17-Jan.

 

Robin  Erithacus rubecula


1, at our feeding station, Pine 251 lodge, 14-Jan.

8 (inc 5 singing), on 60 min walk north then east around perimeter fence from Pine 251 lodge to golf course, 15-Jan.

2, at our feeding station, Pine 251 lodge, 15-Jan.

1, at our feeding station, Pine 251 lodge, 16-Jan.

1, at our feeding station, Pine 251 lodge, 17-Jan.

1, Wildlife Observation Hide, 17-Jan.

 

Dunnock  Prunella modularis


1, Wildlife Observation Hide, 14-Jan.

1, on 60 min walk north then east around perimeter fence from Pine 251 lodge to golf course, 15-Jan.

1, at our feeding station, Pine 251 lodge, 17-Jan.

 

Blackbird  Turdus merula


2 (ad m, 1-cy m), at our feeding station, Pine 251 lodge, 14-Jan.

3 (ad m, ad f, 1-cy m), at our feeding station, Pine 251 lodge, 15-Jan.

1 (ad m), at our feeding station, Pine 251 lodge, 16-Jan.

2 (ad m, 1-cy m), at our feeding station, Pine 251 lodge, 17-Jan.

 

Redwing  Turdus iliacus


Heard, after dark, passing over, Pine 251 lodge, 16-Jan.

 

Song Thrush  Turdus philomelus


2, on 60 min walk north then east around perimeter fence from Pine 251 lodge to golf course, 15-Jan.

 

Goldcrest  Regulus regulus


4, on 60 min walk north then east around perimeter fence from Pine 251 lodge to golf course, 15-Jan.

2, NE lake in Maple zone, 15-Jan.

1, at our feeding station, Pine 251 lodge, 16-Jan.

 

Long-tailed Tit  Aegithalos caudatus


9, at our feeding station, Pine 251 lodge, 15-Jan.

6, on 60 min walk north then east around perimeter fence from Pine 251 lodge to golf course, 15-Jan.

8, at our feeding station, Pine 251 lodge, 16-Jan.

10, Wildlife Observation Hide, 17-Jan.

 

Blue Tit  Cyanistes caeruleus


4, at our feeding station, Pine 251 lodge, 14-Jan.

18, Wildlife Observation Hide, 14-Jan.

6, at our feeding station, Pine 251 lodge, 15-Jan.

6, on 60 min walk north then east around perimeter fence from Pine 251 lodge to golf course, 15-Jan.

3, at our feeding station, Pine 251 lodge, 16-Jan.

4, at our feeding station, Pine 251 lodge, 17-Jan.

16, Wildlife Observation Hide, 17-Jan.

 

Great Tit  Parus major


3, at our feeding station, Pine 251 lodge, 14-Jan.

12, Wildlife Observation Hide, 14-Jan.

5, at our feeding station, Pine 251 lodge, 15-Jan.

11, on 60 min walk north then east around perimeter fence from Pine 251 lodge to golf course, 15-Jan.

6, at our feeding station, Pine 251 lodge, 16-Jan.

5, at our feeding station, Pine 251 lodge, 17-Jan.

11, Wildlife Observation Hide, 17-Jan.

 

Coal Tit  Periparus ater


6, at our feeding station, Pine 251 lodge, 14-Jan.

7, at our feeding station, Pine 251 lodge, 15-Jan.

16 (inc 6 singing), on 60 min walk north then east around perimeter fence from Pine 251 lodge to golf course, 15-Jan.

4, at our feeding station, Pine 251 lodge, 16-Jan.

6, at our feeding station, Pine 251 lodge, 17-Jan.

13, Wildlife Observation Hide, 17-Jan.

 

Marsh Tit  Poecile palustis


2, at our feeding station, Pine 251 lodge, 14-Jan.

2, Wildlife Observation Hide, 14-Jan.

2, at our feeding station, Pine 251 lodge, 15-Jan.

11, on 60 min walk north then east around perimeter fence from Pine 251 lodge to golf course, 15-Jan.

2, at our feeding station, Pine 251 lodge, 16-Jan.

2, at our feeding station, Pine 251 lodge, 17-Jan.

2, Wildlife Observation Hide, 17-Jan.

2, NE lake in Maple zone, 17-Jan.

2, near check-in, 17-Jan.

 

Nuthatch  Sitta europaea


3, at our feeding station, Pine 251 lodge, 14-Jan.

1, Wildlife Observation Hide, 14-Jan.

2, at our feeding station, Pine 251 lodge, 15-Jan.

2, on 60 min walk north then east around perimeter fence from Pine 251 lodge to golf course, 15-Jan.

1, at our feeding station, Pine 251 lodge, 16-Jan.

1, at our feeding station, Pine 251 lodge, 17-Jan.

2, Wildlife Observation Hide, 17-Jan.

 

Treecreeper  Certhia familiaris


1, at our feeding station, Pine 251 lodge, 14-Jan.

2, on 60 min walk north then east around perimeter fence from Pine 251 lodge to golf course, 15-Jan.

1, Wildlife Observation Hide, 17-Jan.

 

Jay  Garrulus glandarius


2, at our feeding station, Pine 251 lodge, 14-Jan.

1, Wildlife Observation Hide, 14-Jan.

1, at our feeding station, Pine 251 lodge, 15-Jan.

4, on 60 min walk north then east around perimeter fence from Pine 251 lodge to golf course, 15-Jan.

1, NE lake in Maple zone, 15-Jan.

3, NW corner of main lake, 16-Jan.

1, at our feeding station, Pine 251 lodge, 17-Jan.

 

Magpie  Pica pica


Noted on train/bus, Essex-Thetford, 13-Jan.

1, at our feeding station, Pine 251 lodge, 14-Jan.

2, at our feeding station, Pine 251 lodge, 15-Jan.

4, on 60 min walk north then east around perimeter fence from Pine 251 lodge to golf course, 15-Jan.

2, at our feeding station, Pine 251 lodge, 16-Jan.

 

Jackdaw  Corvus monedula


Noted on train/bus, Essex-Thetford, 13-Jan.

6, over the Wildlife Observation Hide, 14-Jan.

2, on 60 min walk north then east around perimeter fence from Pine 251 lodge to golf course, 15-Jan.

4, Wildlife Observation Hide, 17-Jan.

c35, over main car park at entrance, 17-Jan.

 

Rook  Corvus frugilegus


Noted on train/bus, Essex-Thetford, 13-Jan.

 

Carrion Crow  Corvus corone


Noted on train/bus, Essex-Thetford, 13-Jan.

3, at our feeding station, Pine 251 lodge, 14-Jan.

1, Wildlife Observation Hide, 14-Jan.

9, on 60 min walk north then east around perimeter fence from Pine 251 lodge to golf course, 15-Jan.

 

Starling  Sturnus vulgaris


Noted on train/bus, Essex-Thetford, 13-Jan.

c4000, over Thetford, 17-Jun.

 

House Sparrow  Passer domesticus


Noted, Thetford, 17-Jun.

 

Chaffinch  Fringilla coelebs


8, at our feeding station, Pine 251 lodge, 14-Jan.

19, Wildlife Observation Hide, 14-Jan.

14, at our feeding station, Pine 251 lodge, 15-Jan.

6, at our feeding station, Pine 251 lodge, 16-Jan.

8, at our feeding station, Pine 251 lodge, 17-Jan.

4, Wildlife Observation Hide, 17-Jan.

 

Goldfinch  Carduelis carduelis


Noted on train/bus, Essex-Thetford, 13-Jan.

2, NE lake in Maple zone, 15-Jan.

 

Siskin  Carduelis spinus


Noted on train/bus, Essex-Thetford, 13-Jan.

2, on 60 min walk north then east around perimeter fence from Pine 251 lodge to golf course, 15-Jan.

c40, flew over, Pine 251 lodge, 16-Jan.

 

Crossbill  Loxia curvirostra


3-4, heard passing over, Pine 251 lodge, 16-Jan.

 

 

Our lodge in the Pine zone, Center Parcs Elveden Forest, Suffolk   Fraser Simpson

Our lodge in the Pine zone, Elveden Forest, Suffolk

 

View from our lodge, Elveden Forest  Fraser Simpson

Muntjac Deer, Grey Squirrel & Moorhen, Elveden Forest, Suffolk

 

Wildlife observation from our lodge, Elveden Forest  Fraser Simpson

Wildlife observation from our lodge, Elveden Forest, Suffolk

 

Keep your door shut - alien invaders - Grey Squirrel, Elveden Forest, Suffol  Fraser Simpson

Keep your door shut - alien invaders - Grey Squirrel, Elveden Forest, Suffolk

 

View from the Wildlife Observation Hide, Elveden Forest  Fraser Simpson

View from the Wildlife Observation Hide, Elveden Forest, Suffolk

 

Feral Barnacle Geese at the NE lake in Maple zone, Elveden Forest  Fraser Simpson

The north-eastern lake in the Maple zone appeared to be the most productive for birds with

Goosander, Shoveler, Pochard, Tufted Duck, Great Crested Grebe and Sparrowhawk.

 

Feral Barnacle Geese at the NE lake in Maple zone, Elveden Forest  Fraser Simpson

Feral Barnacle Geese at the NE lake in Maple zone, Elveden Forest, Suffolk

 

Center Parcs, Elveden Forest  Fraser Simpson

 

Center Parcs, Elveden Forest  Fraser Simpson

The Birthday Boy, Center Parcs, Elveden Forest, Suffolk

 

Center Parcs, Elveden Forest  Fraser Simpson

 

 

 

 


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