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

Tring Reservoirs 2016
Saturday morning walk

Date: Saturday 22 October 2016 at 09:30


We left Maidenhead in cloudy weather but when we arrived at the reservoirs it was foggy. This soon cleared and it turned out to a reasonable day.

When we arrived at Startopsend there were some people already looking for a Ring-necked Duck, which had been reported at Wilstone Reservoir the previous day. We walked around Marsworth, Tringford and Startopsend Reservoirs and saw various ducks, but not many waders.

Then the 16 people drove to Wilstone Reservoir, which is just a mile along the road. The Ring-necked Duck had been seen earlier in the morning, so after looking at every Tufted Duck, we eventually found it. This was good as most people had not seen one before.

Other birds that were seen included Red-crested Pochard, as well as the usual Wigeon, Teal, Pochard, Shoveler and Mallard. Most people also saw Water Rail, Meadow Pipit, Grey Wagtail and Golden Plover in the distance. The total number of bird species seen was 44, which was eight down on two years ago when we went in September.

After a good day birding we all retired to the pub for a well deserved drink and something to eat.

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Tring Reservoirs, 22/10/2016, fog, sun

Mute Swan

Greylag Goose

Canada Goose






Red-crested Pochard


Ring-necked Duck

Tufted Duck


Little Egret

Grey Heron

Little Grebe

Great Crested Grebe

Red Kite

Water Rail



Golden Plover


Black-headed Gull

Lesser Black-backed Gull

Wood Pigeon

Collared Dove




Carrion Crow

Blue Tit

Long-tailed Tit






House Sparrow

Grey Wagtail

Pied Wagtail

Meadow Pipit



44 Bird Species seen

16 People

---- Original Programme Information ----

Startopsend reservoir


Meet at 9.30 am in Startops End car park off B489, HP23 4LJ.   Lat/Long: 51.81806,-0.6673   OS SP919141

Click here for a map of the car park location.

Click here for information on Tring reservoirs

Click here a report of our last visit to Tring reservoirs

Startops End pay and display car park (£1.50 for three hours in 2015) gives us access to Startopsend, Tringford and Marsworth reservoirs, plus the Anglers Retreat pub and Bluebells tea rooms. Then a short drive can take us to the smaller, free, car park at Wilstone reservoir.

We might see some of Whooper Swan, Pintail, Red-crested Pochard, plover, godwit, sandpiper, Kingfisher.  Or wth luck Bittern, Garganey, Corn Bunting, Marsh Harrier, Hobby, Peregrine Falcon, snipe - this is one of the best birdwatching areas in the southeast.