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

Burnham Beeches 2016
Wednesday morning walk

Date: Wednesday 2 November 2016 at 09:30

Details:

On a very sunny morning 27, people met up at Burnham Beeches, in all its very colourful autumn glory. This was one of the best turnouts for three years.

Some of our members at Burnham BeechesFrom the car park we moved off through a wooded area and down to Upper Pond where there were 19+ Mandarin ducks. They were very colourful and there were also Mallards and Moorhens in the same pond.

Walking away from the pond up the slope towards The Heath we heard Siskin (none were seen) Goldcrests and Goldfinches. On the way round the photographers in the group were taking advantage of the trees being in full autumn colour.

Further along the path we saw Common Buzzard, Red Kite, a pair of Bullfinches and some Redwings feeding on the Holly berries.

Then back to the cafe.

The total number of species seen was 26 which was less than the number of walkers - a rare occurrence.

Mandarin Ducks at Burnham Beeches

 

Burnham Beeches, 2/10/2016, Sunny

Mandarin Duck

Mallard

Red Kite

Common Buzzard

Moorhen

Wood Pigeon

Green Woodpecker (Heard)

Great Spotted Woodpecker

Magpie

Jay

Jackdaw

Carrion Crow

Goldcrest

Blue Tit

Great Tit

Coal Tit

Nuthatch

Wren

Blackbird

Song Thrush

Redwing

Robin

Chaffinch

Goldfinch

Siskin (Heard)

Bullfinch

24 Bird Species seen plus 2 heard

Grey Squirrel

Common Darter Dragonfly

27 People, plus 4 arrived later

 
---- Original Programme Information ----

Meet at 9.30 am in the car park, Lord Mayors Drive, Farnham Common, beyond SL2 3PS.
Lat/Long:51.5562,-0.6235   OS SU955850

Click here for a map of the Car Park location

Habitat: ancient Beech and Oak woodland, wood pasture, coppice, ponds and streams, grassland, valley mire and heathland.

Facilities: Café, public toilets and Information Point by the car park. The car park is free weekdays but a £2 donation is requested.

A guided stroll of about two miles, through ancient Beech and Oak woodland, wood pasture, coppice, ponds and streams. There will be enthusiasts to help you to find wildlife, and to assist with bird identification. Suitable for ages 11+

You will meet other bird watchers, perhaps improving your knowledge and identification skills.

Please wear suitable footwear and clothing. Bring binoculars if you have any.

Expect to see Mandarin duck, jay, nuthatch, coal tit, tree creeper, song thrush and all the normal woodland birds.

Some chance to see sparrowhawk, fieldfare, redwing, goldcrest, firecrest, marsh tit, brambling, redpoll, bullfinch, lesser spotted woodpecker.

Also varied fungi, wood ants.

Click here for information about Burnham Beeches

Click here for the report of our previous visit to Burnham Beeches

 

Lily pond on a misty morning