Trip reports

East Wickham Open Space 19 March 2016

Long-tailed tit perched on branch

Sunday, 20 March 2016

East Wickham Open Space 19 March 2016

09:00am to 10:45

The path running between the cemetery wall and the allotment fence was very productive. I managed to hear a skylark singing. A goldcrest showed well flitting around in a fir tree above the cemetery wall and a group of six siskins were feeding high up together on the buds of a poplar with the yellow on their streaky chests showing well. Bird song included several robin, chaffinch, blue tit and great tit. A pied wagtail flew overhead.

Moving out onto the open space a dunnock gave its rambling call from some scrub and ring necked parakeets were ever present with their screeching calls. Close views of them were gained entering holes in some trees.

The yaffling calls of a green woodpecker were heard several times during the walk and some of us eventually had two together in the adjacent cemetery after the walk. A couple of great spotted woodpeckers perched obligingly in a tree and their red rumps and black markings were clearly seen. Their bouncing flight pattern was also seen. The powerful call of a wren came from cover and a single coal tit called and was only seen by a few people as it flew away.

Moving on a grey heron flew across and other birds in flight included two cormorant and a jay. In the distance three blackbirds were feeding together on the ground and a small group of redwing also flew over. Later on good views were had of five redwings feeding together on the ground with their red underwings and white eye stripes clearly seen. A long tailed tit flew about in a tree while the last species of the walk was two mistle thrushes perching together in a tree.

A respectable twenty eight species were seen with the highlights being the busy goldcrest, the group of siskins feeding and the distinctive and colourful redwings.

George Kalli