Trip reports

Bushy Park - Tuesday 19th March 2014

Tuesday, 25 March 2014

It was sunny but a lot cooler than of late when 17 "Midweekers" arrived at our annual pilgrimage to this Royal Park.

In the Heron Pond we had good views of Gadwall, Pochard, Tufted Duck and a solitary Red Crested Pochard that had not been pinioned. There was also a pair of Egyptian Geese with goslings. A Reed Bunting was also seen. As we moved towards the Oval Plantation Green Woodpeckers could be heard ""yaffling" all over the park and we had a first sighting, one of many shortly afterwards. In the plantation Song Thrush, Stock Dove and Coal Tit were seen. As we headed toward the Half Moon Plantation we had superb views of a Treecreeper carrying nesting material under the bark of rotten Oak tree stump. As we made our way back to lunch a number of Meadow Pipits were seen, a pair of Mistle Thrushes were busily feeding on the ground and a single Pied Wagtail flew over.

As we started lunch we were treated, at very close quarters, to the spectacle of a Red Kite being mobbed by resident Crows, Jackdaws and Rose-Ringed Parakeets. At one point to evade the mobsters the Red Kite went into a dive and at the very last moment pulled out before he hit the ground. Amazing!

After lunch the Pheasantry Woodand Gardens revealed a handsome male Mandarin Duck and a Pheasant. In the Waterhouse Woodland Gardens there was extensive Rhododendron clearance happening and this disturbance had a marked effect on the numbers of birds seen although we did hear a Nuthatch calling. There was a degree of compensation, however, by the spectacular display of Daffodils and Narcissi in the Silver Birch Glade. Finally we had good views of Chiffchaff in the Willow Plantation.

During the course of an enjoyable day 45 species were ticked.