Trip reports

Birdwatching Walk- Attenborough Nature Reserve, Nottinghamshire

Birdwatching Walk- Attenborough Nature Reserve, Nottinghamshire
Christine Maughan

Sunday, 15 December 2019

20 people met in the car park on a bright but cold morning with a bitter wind.

Unfortunately, because of a problem with one of the bridges and flooding of a stretch of path we were only able to do a shorter route than normal.

Highlights were Goosander and Goldeneye as well as the more common duck species. There was a nice close Kestrel hovering and a Buzzard on a post near the Kingfisher Hide. Also, near this hide was a very obliging female Kingfisher (lower mandible on the bill orange) perched on a small tree above the nearby stream. Two male Great-spotted Woodpeckers were also having a territorial battle in the nearby trees.

It was fairly quiet along the river apart from large flocks of geese and Wigeon on the flooded land on the far bank.

There were various sightings of Redwings and some Fieldfares along the route, including a nice Redwing eating berries in a garden in Attenborough village.

Having got back to the car park early, 13 of the group decided to walk to Erewash Field where a Cattle Egret had been seen amongst the Little Egrets. When we arrived, there were a number of Little Egrets but no sign of any Cattle Egrets. However, a pair of Stonechats gave us good views perching on the posts and wire of a fence.

The total number of species seen was 50.

Max Maughan