Trip reports

RSPB Christmas walk 27 December 2014

RSPB Christmas walk 27 December 2014
Pat Chilvers

Saturday, 27 December 2014

Two phone calls had been received from members telling us that because of the conditions four members would not be attending. However, on our arrival at Leathes Ham eight members were already there although four decided not to continue. That left Julie Martin, Richard Straton, Sue and I to enjoy the rain. A look over the Ham gave us views of Pintail (male and female), Mute Swan, Tufted and Mallard. We continued along the newish path that has been created beside the Ham hoping for some of the smaller birds but the rain, now abating was keeping them hidden except for Great Tit, Wren and Chaffinch. We had decided to take the walk in stages, allowing us to stop if the conditions worsened. We continued over the footbridge and along Lake Lothing for a Redshank. We looked for divers but none were seen nor the Kingfisher that has, over the years been seen here.

Prior to Christmas Sue and I had been able to walk to Oulton Broad along this path but not now as the water had over topped the path and we diverted inland to reach the road bridge. Two highlights stand out from this walk; our first sighting of a European Cormorant that Richard said may have come from France and the sighting of the Kingfisher, with a good view of it sitting on a perch.

We continued into Everitt's Park but as few additional species were added we retired to a local coffee shop for refreshments (thank you Richard).

From this report you might think few species were seen but my list has 38 (listed below). What started out as a walk with little prospect of many species being seen turned out OK.

Bird list:-
cormorant, coot, herring gull, tufted duck, wood pigeon, chaffinch, great tit, kestrel, starling, redshank, jay, robin, European cormorant, feral pigeon, kingfisher, pintail, dunnock, Egyptian goose, mallard, black- headed gull, magpie, blue tit, blackbird, wren, widgeon, house sparrow, greenfinch, long-tailed tit, little grebe, great black-backed gull, pied wagtail, gadwall, mute swan, common crow, moorhen, oystercatcher, collared dove.
Howard Bayliss.