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

SATURDAY MORNING WALK
at Moor Green Lakes

Date: Saturday 10 December 2016 at 09:30

Details:

We went to Moor Green Lakes hoping for Goosanders and were not disappointed. In spite of a dull day with plenty of rain forecast, 17 people assembled in the car park, including some rarely seen faces.

First stop was Colebrook Lake North for the standard waterfowl then we continued on, to the feeders. These were busy with Nuthatch, Reed Bunting and common garden birds. More examination of both Colebrook lakes revealed the odd sight of two Egyptian Geese resident in a large floating plastic box. Then it was time to try the new workings.

From the conveyor area, four species of gull could be seen along with a distant Stonechat. Walking the Blackwater path we could see Long-tailed Tits in the trees above us and a Grey Wagtail by the river.

Retracing our steps we headed for Grove Lake. Here we watched the Goosanders chasing each other around. Five males and four females was not an agreeable combination it seems. Also pleasing was the sight of a fishing Kingfisher, one of three sighted.

Walking back to the cars we added a few more species such as Jay and Song Thrush.

It was warm, calm, the rain held off and we had an enjoyable visit.

Thanks to Gerry Studd for leading and to the Moor Green Lakes Group for permission to use their hides.

The Moor Green visit concludes our visit programme for 2016.  We had 20 outings, visiting 28 locations and recording 171 bird species.

Click Here to see a few photos from the trip

 

Moor Green Lakes, 10/12/2016, overcast

Mute Swan

Canada Goose

Egyptian Goose

Wigeon

Gadwall

Teal

Mallard

Shoveler

Pochard

Tufted Duck

Scaup hybrid female

Goosander 5m 4f

Cormorant

Little Egret

Grey Heron

Little Grebe

Great Crested Grebe

Red Kite

Water Rail (Heard)

Moorhen

Coot

Lapwing

Black-headed Gull

Common Gull

Lesser Black-backed Gull

Herring Gull

Rock Dove

Stock Dove

Wood Pigeon

Kingfisher

Green Woodpecker

Great Spotted Woodpecker

Magpie

Jay

Carrion Crow

Goldcrest

Blue Tit

Great Tit

Long-tailed Tit

Chiffchaff

Nuthatch

Treecreeper (Heard)

Wren

Blackbird

Fieldfare

Song Thrush

Redwing

Robin

Stonechat

Dunnock

Grey Wagtail

Chaffinch

Greenfinch

Goldfinch

Siskin

Reed Bunting

56 Bird Species

Other Wildlife

Grey Squirrel

17 People

 

Map of Moor Green Lakes Nature Reserve