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Little Marlow Gravel Pits 2018
New Year's Day morning walk

Date: Monday 1 January 2018 at 10:00

Details:

Happy New Year to everybody and hope it is a good birding year.

On a rather damp morning 27 people gathered for our annual, rather muddy, walk around Marlow Gravel pit. We avoided the walk along the River Thames because it was so wet.

We left the car park and went across the field opposite the Spade Oak pub and then turned left. On our way we saw great black backed gull on the scrape in the distance and also a little egret.

Having walked part way round we saw treecreeper, goldcrest and long tailed tits. We then had better views of the scrape and saw a large flock of lapwings and also black headed gulls with some common gulls in amongst them. We also saw the usual ducks widgeon, teal, shelduck, shoveler, tufted, pochard and snipe.

Walking further round we saw a small flock of redwings with goldfinches in amongst them. We then walked away from the fields into the wooded area where it was even muddier but we did see a good flock of Siskin.

One member thought it might be a good idea to get closer to the water's edge and nearly fell in, but the quick thinking of another member saved her from an early morning dip.

The total number of species recorded was 57, which is the same as last year.

Little Marlow Gravel Pits, 1/1/2018, overcast, rain

Black Swan

Greylag Goose

Canada Goose

Egyptian Goose

Shelduck

Wigeon

Gadwall

Teal

Mallard

Shoveler

Pochard

Tufted Duck

Pheasant

Cormorant

Little Egret

Grey Heron

Great Crested Grebe

Red Kite

Sparrowhawk

Buzzard

Moorhen

Coot

Lapwing

Snipe

Black-headed Gull

Common Gull

Lesser Black-backed Gull

Herring Gull

Great Black-backed Gull

Wood Pigeon

Kingfisher

Green Woodpecker

Great Spotted Woodpecker

Ring-necked Parakeet

Magpie

Jay

Jackdaw

Rook

Carrion Crow

Goldcrest

Blue Tit

Great Tit

Long-tailed Tit

Chiffchaff

Nuthatch (Heard)

Treecreeper

Wren

Blackbird

Song Thrush

Redwing

Robin

Dunnock

Pied Wagtail

Chaffinch

Bullfinch

Goldfinch

Siskin

56 Bird Species seen, plus 1 heard

Other Wildlife

Grey Squirrel

27 People

 
---- Original Programme Information ----

It would be advisable for people to wear Wellington boots.

Meet at 10.00am in the Spade Oak car park on Coldmoorholme Lane, near SL8 5PT. OS SU883875 lat/Long: 51.5796, -0.7260

Click here for a map of the car park location. No facilities, but there is a pub just up the road.

Map of Spade Oak Nature Reserve Our traditional New Year's morning bird watching walk around Little Marlow Gravel Pits. A level walk of around two miles, on footpaths that are often very muddy - Wellingtons strongly recommended.

Plenty of wildfowl and gulls. Expect wigeon, shoveler, gadwall and teal, with a chance of goldeneye or even goosander on this man made lake and sand spit. There is also woodland with the common woodland birds.

In 2017 we saw 57 species - can we do even better this time? Click here for the 2017 bird list

New telescope, binoculars or camera for Christmas? Ideal chance to try it out!

Click here for information about Little Marlow Gravel pits

 

Marlow Gravel Pits