Trip reports

Field Trip to Rudry Common

Field Trip to Rudry Common
David Tipling RSPB Images

Sunday, 19 June 2011

Over a dozen of us ventured around the common on a bright and pleasantly warm morning. Just as we were preparing to set off, a male bullfinch sat nicely on top of a bush, proudly displaying its red rose coloured breast and calling. The day was filled with bird song. The highlight was a trilling flight of tree pipits. There were up to three male reed buntings heard calling during the walk. A party of linnets flew over. Warblers were common, especially whitethroats, blackcaps and chiffchaffs. This was a day were you needed to start learning bird calls. We briefly walked through Rudry Village which had acrobatic swallows and house martins. Parties of house sparrows were thankfully common in bushes and on rooftops. A nuthatch and woodpecker were calling well. As we walked through a conifer plantation a spectacularly close and low flying buzzard appeared from nowhere and flew gracefully along a path through the trees. Long tailed tits were calling and flitting in good numbers through the trees. As we came back on to the open meadows, a tree pipit was singing constantly but luckily another one was much more visible. A typical pipit with a brown streaky breast, but unmistakable song flight. This bird took off from a tree, and proceeded to parachute down with its song becoming more drawn out. As this is a species in rapid decline, we felt privileged to have this African migrant on our doorstep. A very enjoyable morning with good weather was had by all.