Trip reports

Strumpshaw Fen RSPB Reserve 20 June 2012

Strumpshaw Fen RSPB Reserve 20 June 2012
Pat Chilvers

Thursday, 21 June 2012

We were very fortunate indeed to have such a lovely day for our group outing at Strumpshaw Fen RSPB reserve. Eighteen members started the walk and although we lost two of our party who decided to turn back, the rest of us completed the circular walk around the reserve. Although wildlife in general was in short supply (hirondines, butterflies, dragonflies and other insects were conspicuous by their absence) there were a good number of swallowtail butterflies and we also had wonderful views of a kingfisher that was very obliging and stood on a branch very near to the tower hide where everyone was able to see it close up. I was especially pleased because Julie who was with our group had never seen either one before so that was great for her. We also had great views of marsh harriers, and a family of four herons all standing together just in front of the reeds. It was difficult to see the small birds in the trees at this time of year as the trees are in full leaf, but we heard many different species. I am looking forward to going again as soon as we have another sunny day for a walk through the flower meadow to look for some more butterflies and dragonflies.
Many thanks to Jane Bond for keeping the bird list and also to everyone who came along, it is such a great pleasure to meet up with other people who all love the same things and I look forward to the next group outing.
Birds seen
Black swan, coot, mallard, robin, black-headed gull, marsh harrier, long-tailed tit, chiffchaff, reed warbler, blue tit, pheasant, reed bunting, crow, heron, willow warbler, shelduck, great crested grebe, kestrel, greylag geese, sparrowhawk, blackcap, common tern, Canada goose, swallow, mute swan, lapwing with chick, cormorant, hobby, stock dove, kingfisher, teal, shoveler, tufted duck, buzzard, swift, goldfinch, blackbird, chaffinch, jay, red-legged partridge.
Birds heard
Cuckoo, whitethroat, wren and Cetti's warbler.

Pat Chilvers