Trip reports

Field trip to Blashford Lakes

Goosander on water

Wednesday, 18 December 2013

It was a full coach which arrived at Blashford Lakes on a dry but fresh day. On arrival the group set off in their different ways to enjoy the Reserve in Hampshire.

Visitors to the Woodland Hide saw a pair of voles scurrying around below the feeder. It was here that we saw the great spotted woodpecker and nuthatch on the feeder along with other woodland birds. From the first hide overlooking one of the lakes the green sandpiper was visible only with the aid of a telescope. A numerous variety of ducks were seen.

The woodland walk provided sights of treecreepers and chaffinches and we were accompanied by a friendly robin on our walk.

The highlight for the main group during the afternoon was the large number of goosanders that were seen.

In all it was an enjoyable day with 63 species being recorded

Little grebe, great crested grebe, cormorant, grey heron, mute swan, greylag goose,
Canada goose, Egyptian goose, great white egret, shelduck, wigeon, gadwall, teal, mallard, pintail, shovelor, red- crested pochard, pochard, tufted duck, goldeneye, goosander, sparrowhawk, buzzard, kestrel, pheasant, water rail, moorhen, coot, lapwing, green sandpiper, black headed gull, lesser black backed gull, herring gull, great black backed gull, yellow legged gull, woodpigeon, collared dove, kingfisher, green woodpecker, great spotted woodpecker, pied wagtail, dunnock, robin, blackbird, song thrush, redwing, mistle thrush, goldcrest, long tailed tit, coal tit, blue tit, great tit, nuthatch, treecreeper, jay, magpie, jackdaw, rook, carrion crow, starling, chaffinch, greenfinch, goldfinch, siskin.