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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 wigeon, 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