Trip reports

Day trip to Beddington Farmlands, 2nd October 2016

Day trip to Beddington Farmlands, 2nd October 2016
hoto by Nathalie Mahieu

Thursday, 13 October 2016

Even as we assembled in the car park migrating swallows flew around overhead and 3 jays flew from tree to tree.

Walking along the external path at Beddington, the first thing we saw was a fox trotting along ahead of us.

Once inside we saw a wealth of waterbirds, including seven duck species. Various birds of prey flew over, usually being chased by a group of carrion crows.

Altogether, we saw 43 species of birds and heard another six, and a good time was had by all.

Beddington Species List, 02/10/16

Waders - lapwing, snipe

Ducks, Geese and Swans - mute swan, Canada goose, mallard, pochard, gadwall, shoveler, teal, wigeon, tufted duck

Other water birds - cormorant, grey heron, little grebe, coot, moorhen, kingfisher

Gulls - black-headed gull, common gull, herring gull, greater black-backed

Raptors - kestrel, hobby, buzzard, sparrowhawk

Corvids - jay, magpie, carrion crow, jackdaw

Other birds - stock dove, wood pigeon, ring-necked parakeet, pied wagtail, skylark, meadow pipit, green woodpecker, great spotted woodpecker, stonechat, goldfinch, chiffchaff, starling, great tit, long-tailed tit

Birds heard but not seen - blue tit, robin, wren, dunnock, blackbird, goldcrest