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

Stocker's Lake, Dec 2018
Saturday morning outing

Date: Saturday 1 December 2018 at 09:30

Details:

On a very wet morning we made our way up the M25 to Stockers Lake. It was still raining when we arrived and the car park was closed for some work. We parked along the road and as there were only three cars ( four people), so it was not a problem.

It did stop raining so we walked round to the first hide where we had good views of four goldeneye and seven red-crested pochard, which was the best sighting of the day. It then rained heavily again so we spent a further half hour there and then moved on fairly swiftly and saw goldfinches and a flock of about 30 siskin on the alder berries.

It was not really a good morning for birding, but we saw 34 different species and 2 were heard. This was down on last year but not surprising considering the weather.

The next outdoor meeting is to Dinton Pastures on Wednesday 12 December. Parking in the pub car park opposite the entrance to Dinton Pastures. Hope to see you all there.

 

Stocker's Lake, 1/12/2018, rain

Mute Swan

Wigeon

Gadwall

Mallard

Shoveler

Red-crested Pochard

Pochard

Tufted Duck

Goldeneye

Cormorant

Grey Heron

Great Crested Grebe

Moorhen

Coot

Lapwing

Black-headed Gull

Common Gull

Lesser Black-backed Gull

Wood Pigeon

Ring-necked parakeet

Magpie

Jackdaw

Carrion Crow

Blue Tit

Great Tit

Long-tailed Tit

Treecreeper

Wren (H)

Blackbird

Fieldfare

Robin

Dunnock

House Sparrow

Greenfinch (H)

Goldfinch

Siskin

34 Bird Species seen plus 2 heard

Other Wildlife

Grey Squirrel

4 People

 
---- Original Programme Information ----

Meet at 9:30 am in the car park, off Springwell Lane, WD3 8UR. OS TQ041932 Lat/Long: 51.6288, -0.4965
Click here for a map of the free car park location

Stocker's Lake is an old flooded gravel pit between the River Colne and the Grand Union canal. One of a chain of lakes that provide a wintering area for nationally important numbers of ducks. Stocker's Lake Nature Reserve is managed by the Herts and Middlesex Wildlife Trust with the help of the Friends of Stocker’s Lake.

There are four hides on the southern edge of Stocker's Lake lake, the duck screen in the northern corner, plus Stocker's Farm. The farm is to the south-east, across the canal - where the scale is on the map below.

Including a visit to Stocker's Farm, our walk distance is 2.5 miles, on level (but possibly muddy) paths. There are no toilets or cafe on our route, the nearest are a quarter of a mile off our route, at the south-east corner of Bury Lake.

On our visit of 25 February 2017, we saw 41 wetland and woodland species.

Rarities seen around the time of this visit include goldeneye, siskin, kingfisher, snipe, little owl, red-crested pochard, smew and stonechat.

A map of Stocker's Lake Nature Reserve

Click here for information about Stocker's Lake Nature Reserve

or here for information from the Friends of Stocker’s Lake