© Andrew Moon

Dick Beeden and Anna Marett led the walk which was attended by about a dozen people. Like last year it was dull but not too cold. Unlike last year it was windy and the sun came out during the latter part of the walk. Fortunately the light was good enough for identifying the birds.

There were a good number of birds on the lake but the surrounding trees etc were fairly quiet. We saw all the species we heard and ended with a tally of 36 species (about the same as last year). The full list was:

Great-crested Grebe; Cormorant; Grey Heron; Mute Swan; Canada Goose (lots; one flock had about 50 birds);Mallard; Shoveler; Red-crested Pochard; Pochard; Tufted Duck; Wigeon (good numbers compared with none last year); Gadwall (several compared with none last year); Wren; Goldeneye; (males and females in modest numbers some displaying); Kestrel; Red Kite (over aquadrome car park on the way out); Moorhen; Coot; Lapwing (40+); Black-headed Gull (lots); Common Gull (2); Lesser Black-backed Gull ( several); Herring Gull; Woodpigeon; Ring-necked Parakeet; Robin; Blackbird; Song Thrush (on way in); Goldcrest; Blue Tit; Great Tit; Long-tailed Tit; Magpie; Carrion Crow; Magpie; Siskin; House Sparrow. There were some noticeable absentees apart from Smew and Goosander namely Little Egret;  Kingfisher; Woodpecker; Chaffinch and Starling but I guess you cannot have everything.

Dick Beeden