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

Cookham Moor 2018
Wednesday morning walk

Date: Wednesday 19 September 2018 at 09:30


We all met up at the National Trust car park on Cookham Moor for our walk along Strand water towards Cock Marsh.

Brian Clews arrived with various moths in jars, for members to look. They were released before we set off.

Some saw a kingfisher around the pond in the car park, then we moved on seeing goldfinches and a young green woodpecker by Winter Hill golf course.

When we arrived at Cock Marsh there were at least 200-300 house martins with Swallows and sand martins, flying along the side of Winter Hill.

Heading back towards the River Thames we did see kestrel, red kite and buzzard. At the river we saw Egyptian geese, tufted ducks, mallard, mute swan and moorhen.

On the way back under the railway line heading back to the car park we saw meadow pipit, swallows on the telephone wires and flying over our heads was a raven with a corn on the cob in its beak.

Although it was very windy we did manage to see 38 different species of birds and various wildlife.

Back at the car park, some went home while others lunched at a local pub.

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Cookham Moor, 20/9/2018, overcast and windy

Mute Swan

Greylag Goose

Canada Goose

Egyptian Goose


Tufted Duck


Grey Heron

Great Crested Grebe

Red Kite

Common Buzzard



Black-headed Gull

Stock Dove

Wood Pigeon


Green Woodpecker


Ring-necked parakeet





Carrion Crow


Blue Tit

Great Tit

Sand Martin


House Martin

Chiffchaff (H)





Dunnock (H)

Pied Wagtail

Meadow Pipit


38 Bird Species seen and 2 heard

Other Wildlife

Meadow Brown Butterfly

Small Copper Butterfly

Speckled Wood Butterfly

Small White Butterfly

Horse Chestnut Leaf-miner Moth

Emperor Dragonfly


Pond Skaters

14-spot Ladybird

Wolf Spider

Common Nettle Bug

Oil Beetle

Giant Funnel fungi

Cuddly Toy - Rabbit (Abandoned)

13 People

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Looking down on marsh and the Thames
View over Cock Marsh from Winter Hill

Walk location: National Trust car park, Cookham Moor, SL6 9SA.  Lat/Long 51.5598, -0.7141  OS SU892853

Click here for a map of the car park location

Meet at 9.30 am in the National Trust car park (There may be a charge of £2 per car unless displaying a National Trust sticker). The ditch by the car park is a good place to see kingfishers.

We walk along the Strand stream on the south edge of Cookham Moor, Marsh Meadow and Cock Marsh, returning along the Thames. About five miles, possibly muddy, loose stones, steep bridges (1 in 4), kissing gates.

No facilities at the car park (well, maybe an ice cream van!). The Bounty pub is about half way around our walk but doesn't open until noon. There are pubs in Cookham village near the car park.

To see woodpecker, warblers and kingfishers.