Trip reports

Christmas Fieldtrip Normanston Park to Everitt's Park, Wednesday December 28

Christmas Fieldtrip Normanston Park to Everitt's Park, Wednesday December 28
Pat Chilvers

Wednesday, 28 December 2016

The day was dry, cool with sunshine and we continued along the path beside the lake. Long-tailed tits, blue tits, great tits, robins and greenfinches were seen in the trees.
The railway bridge gave us views of oystercatcher but no sign of any divers and walking along the riverside gave us cormorants and redshanks.

Fortunately the tide was low so we could walk along the path, this is not always possible. Many of the boat yards were working and we noticed a second motor torpedo boat being worked on.

Our highlight on this part of the walk was seeing (briefly) the kingfisher flying.
After that we arrived at the Wherry Hotel underpass and saw the kingfisher again; a much better view this time. We crossed over the road into Everitt's Park where there were a good number of people about and by the yacht club there were Egyptian geese with other ducks.

We turned through the centre walkway where a number of members decided it was time for coffee while the rest of us made our way back along the riverside, this being one of only two routes back.

We list below the full list of species seen which was a good tally of 32.

Sue & Howard Bayliss

List of species seen: - woodpigeon, black-headed gull, mallard, pintail, coot, swan, moorhen, lesser black-backed gull, shoveler, tufted duck, little grebe, cormorant, chaffinch, goldfinch, house sparrow, oystercatcher, redshank, greenfinch, magpie, kingfisher, Egyptian goose, jackdaw, turnstone, greylag and Canada geese, heron, pied wagtail, long-tailed tit, blue tit, great tit, pheasant, robin and dunnock.