Trip reports

Wednesday Walk: Shinewater

Male wigeon swimming

Wednesday, 13 November 2019

After several weeks of rain, rain and more rain - with the occasional gale thrown in to spice it up a little, today we were blessed with glorious sunshine and a relatively still day. Sixteen of us set off in quite good spirits. However, the first obstacle was soon encountered - a long mini lake in the subway under the A22 road. We negotiated the lake without a boat on our perambulation around Shinewater amassing a good total of 33 birds, including good views of a grey heron close overhead and later a raven soaring and gambolling across the blue sky. This was followed by an aerial dogfight between a crow and sparrowhawk before they eventually decided neither was going to win and they went their separate ways.

So, a credible total of 33 species were seen and Cetti's warblers were heard continually throughout the morning. The species seen were - blackbird, chiffchaff, cormorant, crow, tufted duck, dunnock, feral pigeon, goldcrest, goldfinch, great crested grebe, heron, fieldfare, black-headed gull, herring gull, jay, magpie, mallard, raven, robin, rook, shelduck, shoveler, sparrowhawk, starling, stonechat, mistle thrush, blue tit, great tit, long tailed tit, grey wagtail, wigeon (pictured), wood pigeon and wren. A speckled wood butterfly also made a pleasant appearance.

It was good to get out for a walk in splendid sunshine which by lunchtime was already under threat!

Tony Vass