Trip reports

Saturday Walk: Hampden Park

Nuthatch on branch

Saturday, 19 December 2015

12 of the group went birdwatching instead of Christmas shopping around the park. We had a warm sunny day in which Helen showed us a part of the park we don't normally visit away from the dog walkers.

Around the lake we saw the usual gulls and waterfowl with Egyptian geese and a grey heron in a tree. In the wooded area we had good views of nuthatch (pictured), goldcrest, long tailed, blue and great tit, heard and saw great spotted woodpecker and also heard green woodpecker. We found a continental blackbird, (which has a dark bill instead of a bright orange one) and even a tree creeper was seen working the tree for grubs, the first one of the year for some of us. In all over 25 species of birds were seen.

The butterbur wildflower was flowering and a female brimstone butterfly was flying around.

Michael Light