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

Little Marlow Gravel Pits 2020
New Year's Day morning walk

Date: Wednesday 1 January 2020 at 10:00

Details:

Robin singing in tree

On a slightly overcast morning, the early birds to the car park were greeted by the melodious sound of a song thrush singing its heart out in the car park trees.

As I (Brian Reeve) missed last year's walk, it was good to see that so many people managed to get out of bed and join us on our annual new year walk.

We were joined by members of the Wild Marlow group and some that had seen it advertised on our website and Facebook. There was a turnout of 51 people to walk a rather muddy path to see reasonable numbers of ducks and geese.

Some saw goldcrest, nuthatch, siskin and long-tailed tit along the far bank and some saw a flash of blue go past, which was a kingfisher.

Looking across to the scrape, there were gadwall, shoveler, shelduck, teal, wigeon and tufted duck. Also a group of several hundred black-headed gulls with some common gulls amongst them and about 20 great black-backed gulls.

Walking back it was very quiet but some saw a red-legged partridge and a red kite preening itself in one of the trees. We saw very few snipe and only small numbers of redwing and fieldfare, which was rather disappointing.

Heading back towards the car park the group got split up into smaller groups. This was good as people got a chance to look through the telescopes to see birds that they didn’t know the names of, but do now.

I would like to thank Verity from Wild Marlow for bringing some of their members and hope they enjoyed their morning. If Wild Marlow members wish to join us at any other of our events you are very welcome.

 

The total number of bird species seen was 61, but most people probably saw fewer. They now have all year to see the species they missed.

Click Here to see photos taken on the walk

 

Little Marlow Gravel Pit, 1/1/2020, overcast

Greylag Goose

Canada Goose

Egyptian Goose

Shelduck

Wigeon

Gadwall

Teal

Mallard

Shoveler

Pochard

Tufted Duck

Red-legged Partridge

Pheasant

Cormorant

Little Egret

Grey Heron

Little Grebe

Great Crested Grebe

Red Kite

Moorhen

Coot

Lapwing

Snipe

Black-headed Gull

Common Gull

Lesser Black-backed Gull

Herring Gull

Great Black-backed Gull

Feral Pigeon

Wood Pigeon

Collared Dove

Kingfisher

Green Woodpecker

Great Spotted Woodpecker

Ring-necked parakeet

Magpie

Jay

Jackdaw

Rook

Carrion Crow

Goldcrest

Blue Tit

Great Tit

Coal Tit

Long-tailed Tit

Chiffchaff

Nuthatch

Treecreeper

Wren

Starling

Blackbird

Fieldfare

Song Thrush

Redwing

Mistle Thrush

Robin

Dunnock

Pied Wagtail

Chaffinch

Goldfinch

Siskin

61 Bird Species seen

Other Wildlife

Grey Squirrel

Muntjac Deer

51 People

 
---- Original Programme Information ----

Meet at 10am in the Spade Oak car park on Coldmoorholme Lane 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 and along the Thames. A level walk of around two miles, on footpaths that are very muddy - please remember to bring wellies or strong walking boots.

There should be plenty of wildfowl and gulls. Most likely are wigeon, shoveler, gadwall, teal, lapwing and snipe, with a chance of goldeneye or even goosander on this man made lake and sand spit. There is woodland with the common woodland birds.

In 2019 we recorded 60 species - can we do even better this time? Click here for the 2019 report and bird list

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

 

Marlow gravel pit