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

Aston Rowant 2017
Wednesday morning walk

Date: Wednesday 19 April 2017 at 09:30

Details:

On a very sunny morning, but with a north wind blowing, we had another good turn out. There were 27 people in total.

We walked from the car park into Cowleaze Wood and started off with not many birds about, apart from the usual Great Tit, Chaffinch, Chiffchaff, Wren, Robin and good views of a Nuthatch.

On the far side of the wood, the field was being cultivated, with Red Legged Partridge and Pheasants visible in the distance. The main attraction was a rat running up the field towards the group but when he saw us he bolted off in another direction. The cultivation of the field attracted great numbers of Red Kites. We counted at least 59 flying and on the ground.

Continuing our circular walk through the woods we saw small groups of Coal Tit and Long Tailed Tits in the conifers, but did not see the hoped for Crossbill or Firecrest, although we have seen them in previous years. Before reaching the car park we added Goldfinches and Blackcaps.

Over the road, the Aston Rowant reserve was disappointing. We had hoped to see Ring Ouzel and Wheatears but our luck was out. We did see Goldfinches, Linnets and Bullfinches.

After our walk, some went to a local pub for food and drink. The number of bird species seen was only 31 but the bluebells were out, which was a bonus.

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Aston Rowant, 19/4/2017, sunny

Red-legged Partridge

Pheasant

Red Kite

Sparrowhawk

Common Buzzard

Stock Dove

Wood Pigeon

Green Woodpecker

Magpie

Jay

Jackdaw

Rook

Carrion Crow

Goldcrest (H)

Blue Tit

Great Tit

Coal Tit

Marsh Tit

Swallow

Long-tailed Tit

Chiffchaff

Blackcap

Garden Warbler

Nuthatch

Treecreeper

Wren

Blackbird

Song Thrush (H)

Robin

Dunnock

Chaffinch

Linnet

Goldfinch

31 Bird Species + 2 heard

Other Wildlife

Vole

Squirrel

Rat

27 People