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

Windsor Great Park 2017
Wednesday morning outing

Date: Wednesday 15 March 2017 at 09:30

Details:

We arrived at the Ranger Gate car park at 9:30am on a very nice sunny morning. The temperature reached 17°c later on in the day. The good weather saw 26 people turn up which was good for a midweek walk.

We left the car park and walked along Prince Consort's Drive before entering the woods of Cranbourne Park. In the fields were Brown Hares and Grey Partridge which are rare in most parts of Berkshire except on the Berkshire Downs. We walked through the wood which was very quiet but some people saw Siskins and Coal Tits. Having walked through the wood we did see Stock Dove and Red Kite in the dead Oak trees in the park land.

We then crossed the A332 into the Great Park where we saw Fieldfare and Mistle Thrush in the distance and five Buzzards circling high in the sky. Walking down towards Isle of Wight pond there was an Egyptian Geese pair with nine goslings. We arrived at the village shop where most people stopped off for ice cream or coffee.

After refreshment we walked on and turned left with very good views of Windsor Castle. We then reached Russell's Pond and saw a Little Grebe, two Cormorants on a dead tree and another Egyptian Goose pair with five goslings.

Walking back toward Rangers Lodge and car park, some were lucky to get good views of Nuthatch and Tree Creeper to make 47 species seen and 3 heard.

Click Here to see a few photos from the walk

Windsor Great Park, 15/3/2017, sunny

Greylag Goose

Canada Goose

Egyptian Goose

Mallard

Grey Partridge

Pheasant

Cormorant

Grey Heron

Little Grebe

Red Kite

Sparrowhawk

Common Buzzard

Moorhen

Coot

Lapwing

Stock Dove

Wood Pigeon

Collared Dove

Green Woodpecker (Heard)

Great Spotted Woodpecker (H)

Ring-necked parakeet

Magpie

Jay

Jackdaw

Carrion Crow

Goldcrest

Blue Tit

Great Tit

Coal Tit

Skylark

Long-tailed Tit

Chiffchaff

Nuthatch

Treecreeper

Wren

Starling

Blackbird

Fieldfare

Song Thrush (Heard)

Redwing

Mistle Thrush

Robin

Dunnock

House Sparrow

Grey Wagtail

Pied Wagtail

Chaffinch

Greenfinch

Goldfinch

Siskin

47 Bird Species + 3 heard

Other Wildlife

Brown Hare

Grey Squirrel

Brimstone Butterfly

Peacock Butterfly

26 People

 
---- Original Programme Information ----

Meet at 9.30 am in Rangers Gate car park off A332, SL4 2JA.
OS SU953734   Lat/Long: 51.4520, -0.6287

For a map of the car park location, click here

Ornamental pond in Windsor Great Park

We start by walking through Cranbourne Park, before entering Windsor Great Park. Royal patronage for over 700 years has preserved and enhanced this enormous park. The area we shall visit has open grassland with very old trees and a number of small ponds around the village. Refreshments and toilet facilities available at the village Post Office.

Cranbourne Park has a muddy path but in the Great Park we will walk about two miles, mainly on smooth surfaced roads over rolling hills. These roads are only shared with a few Estate vehicles, other pedestrians and horse riders.

Common birds seen include pheasant, moorhen, geese, ducks, woodpeckers, corvids, raptors, wagtails.

We may see partridge, nuthatch, owl.

There are many Red deer but not in the area that we intend to visit. In our area there are Muntjac and Brown Hare.

Click here for the report of our previous visit 22-4-2015

For more information about the Great Park's birds, click here