Trip reports

Woolston Eyes and Moore Nature Reserve

Woolston Eyes and Moore Nature Reserve
Black Necked Grebe - Steve Settle

Wednesday, 18 April 2018

Arriving at the car park for Woollston Eyes, the day started well with a few swifts displaying overhead. On entering the reserve, grey heron, tufted duck, and little grebe were seen from the bridge

Around the perimeter grasslands and scrub area we were treated to the presence of willow warbler, chiffchaff, blackcap, and whitethroat.

Sedge warbler and reed warbler sang heartily from the reeds but were seldom seen.

On the feeders were tree sparrows, and a few bramblings mixed in with the chaffinches.

The lagoons held plenty of water birds with duck species being pochards, mallards, gadwalls, and shelduck. A couple of goosanders also drifted about.

Plenty of vociferous black-headed gulls and a few lesser black-backed gulls were accompanied by a pair of Mediterranean gulls.

Also present were a number of black-necked grebe, one of our target birds for the day.

Buzzard and kestrel hunted around the reserve, but strangely no more swifts or hirundines were seen.

We then moved on for a short visit to Moore Nature Reserve.

Here our target bird was lesser spotted woodpecker, but alas only great spotted woodpecker showed, though green woodpecker was heard nearby.

Nuthatch, song thrush, and mistle thrush were among the assortment of other common woodland birds.

We then ventured on to Marbury Country Park in a further bid for the lesser spotted woodpecker.
But, again, there wasn't much activity at all in the woods.
Lapwings and oystercatchers were seen on the far side of the Mere.

A few swallows were the only hirundines seen.

Bullfinches and Reed warblers were the only birds around the reed beds with a few Great crested grebes on the water.

The entertainment for the day was provided by a cormorant which had caught an eel, and then took the best part of half an hour to wrestle it down its throat.

9 attended, 52 species seen