Reports, with Bird Lists, of our Meetings, Walks and Outings

Moor Green Lakes April 2016
Wednesday morning walk

Date: Wednesday 27 April 2016 at 09:30

Details:

On arrival in the car park, the ‘early birds’ saw Goldcrest, Blue Tit, Magpie, Wood Pigeon, Robin, Long-tailed Tit and heard a Song Thrush. Sadly, the feeders which are usually a magnet for the smaller birds had been removed but it was still very pleasant waiting in the sunshine for the rest of the group to arrive.

Sixteen people set off down the track and some were lucky enough to spot a Mistle Thrush in the first field along with several rabbits. From the gate, the group added Tufted Duck, Mallard, Canada Goose, Cormorant, Lapwing, Oystercatcher, Swallow, House and Sand Martin to the list. Moving further along we were serenaded by Blackcap, Whitethroat, Chiffchaff and Reed Bunting and from the screen a Herring Gull was spotted failing to break into an egg whilst a Buzzard soared and hovered overhead. A scan from the hide added Great Crested and Little Grebe plus two Redshank and a lone Willow Warbler could be heard as we walked towards the river.

A right turn at the T-junction took us along the path towards the gravel workings and here we heard a Pheasant, saw Grey Wagtail and a pair of Egyptian Geese with five fluffy goslings being ‘nannied’ by a hybrid goose. A scan towards the far trees enabled us to find the Barn Owl in residence with a Stock Dove sitting on top of the owl’s box. A few of the group went on ahead and added Red Kite and Kestrel to the list and also found a Common Sandpiper on a gravelly spit. Three Buzzards posed an ID problem which was resolved when the photographic evidence was scrutinised!  

The majority of the group retraced their steps to the T-junction then continued along the path to the far hide, but as the sun had disappeared to be replaced by dark, ominous looking clouds and with the prospect of probably not adding any further species to the list, we headed back to the car park. A rain shower briefly dampened proceedings but everyone agreed that it had been a very satisfactory morning’s birding with a total of 55 species.

Thanks to Brian Reeve for leading.

The total number of birds seen was 52, slightly more than previous visits.

 

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Moor Green Lakes, 27/4/2016, sunny periods, shower

Mute Swan

Canada Goose

Egyptian Goose

Shelduck

Gadwall

Teal

Mallard

Tufted Duck

Pheasant (Heard)

Cormorant

Grey Heron

Little Grebe

Great Crested Grebe

Red Kite

Common Buzzard

Kestrel

Moorhen

Coot

Oystercatcher

Lapwing

Little Ringed Plover

Common Sandpiper

Redshank

Black-headed Gull

Herring Gull

Stock Dove

Wood Pigeon

Barn Owl

Swift

Great Spotted Woodpecker

Magpie

Jay

Carrion Crow

Goldcrest

Blue Tit

Great Tit

Sand Martin

Swallow

House Martin

Long-tailed Tit

Chiffchaff

Willow Warbler (Heard)

Blackcap

Whitethroat

Wren

Blackbird

Song Thrush (Heard)

Mistle Thrush

Robin

Stonechat

Dunnock

Grey Wagtail

Pied Wagtail

Chaffinch

Reed Bunting

52 Bird Species seen and 3 heard

Rabbit

Squirrel

Roe Deer

Hybrid Goose

16 People