Trip reports

Saturday Walk: The Cuckoo Trail, Hellingly

Water rail feeding at waters edge

Saturday, 17 December 2016

Ten members came along for a stroll along the Cuckoo Trail on a misty morning instead of Christmas shopping. There were lots of small birds flitting about, but not easy to see in the mist until they got a bit closer. We saw lots of goldcrest, a small flock of long tailed tits with blue and great tits as well. We saw one redwing on a bush then lost it in the mist when it flew away. The hazel trees are getting their catkins (the male flower) on them, spring can't be far away, we hope. In one of the little ponds by the bridge we had the highlight of the day, a water rail (pictured) walking back and forth 15 yards away with a grey wagtail as well.

This year we have seen or heard 101 species of birds on the Saturday walks as well as the rest of the wildlife.

Michael Light