Trip reports

Outdoor Meeting at Tittesworth Reservoir Sunday 3 December 2017

Outdoor Meeting at Tittesworth Reservoir Sunday 3 December 2017

Tuesday, 5 December 2017

Twenty four members were involved in the final field trip of 2017. Nineteen went on a short walk around parts of Tittesworth Reservoir to be joined by a further five for a Christmas lunch at the Lazy Trout. All battled through the mist and fine rain on the journey over to find relatively dry conditions for the walk. Those who arrived early soon found a willow tit on the feeders by the visitor centre, a species very hard to find these days. After everybody was sorted we set off around the first bay of the reservoir finding redwing, robin, greenfinch, goldfinch, blue and great tits in the trees and tufted duck on the water with a shoveler in flight. Just before the first bridge a male kestrel was perched on a bush and everybody had good views before it flew off towards the Roaches, shortly afterwards a female kestrel did a flyover. After crossing the two bridges and walking up to the gate overlooking the fields we watched fieldfare feeding to the left and rooks to the right. During the walk back to the car park the group was stretched out so not everybody was able to see goldcrest or bullfinch moving about amongst the trees and bushes.

Back at the car park we moved up the feeding station just inside the entrance to Tittesworth. Here we again saw blue, great and coal tits together with chaffinch, dunnock and willow tit. Disappointingly we didn't see any redpolls or brambling on the feeders, these two species are regular visitors here but possibly the weather hasn't been cold enough to bring them to the feeders.

As Christmas lunch was booked for 12:30 and it was five past twelve we started making our way to the Lazy Trout to meet up with the others. We were well looked after at the Lazy Trout, the food was really good together with timely service.

After lunch a few went back to check what could be seen from the hides on the other side of the road from the causeway and main reservoir. Canada geese with a solitary pink-footed goose, goosander, wigeon and teal were on the water together with a flock of lapwing on the rocky island.

In total we had a Group list of 49 birds for the day, listed below - a good end to our 2017 outdoor programme.

Ian and Lydia Taylor
04 December 2017

Species (Scientific name)
Great crested grebe (Podiceps cristatus)
Cormorant (Phalacrocorax carbo)
Pink-footed goose (Anser brachyrhynchus)
Canada goose (Branta Canadensis)
Wigeon (Anas Penelope)
Common Teal (Anas crecca)
Mallard (Anas platyrhynchos)
Shoveler (Anas clypeata)
Common pochard (Aythya farina)
Tufted duck (Aythya fuligula)
Goosander (Mergus merganser)
Common buzzard (Buteo buteo)
Kestrel (Falco tinnunculus)
Common pheasant (Phasianus colchicus)
Moorhen (Gallinula chloropus)
Common Coot (Fulica atra)
Lapwing (Vanellus vanellus)
Black-headed gull (Chroicocephalus ridibundus)
Common gull (Larus canus canus)
Wood pigeon (Columba palumbus)
Great spotted woodpecker (Dendrocopos major)
Pied wagtail (Motacilla alba yarrellii)
Wren (Troglodytes troglodytes)
Dunnock (Prunella modularis)
Song thrush (Turdus philomelos)
Redwing (Turdus iliacus)
Fieldfare (Turdus pilaris)
Blackbird (Turdus merula)
Robin (Erithacus rubecula)
Goldcrest (Regulus regulus)
Willow tit (Poecile montanus)
Coal tit (Periparus ater)
Great tit (Parus major)
Blue tit (Cyanistes caeruleus)
Long-tailed tit (Aegithalos caudatus)
Nuthatch (Sitta europaea)
Treecreeper (Certhia familiaris)
Magpie (Pica pica)
Jackdaw (Corvus monedula)
Rook (Corvus frugilegus)
Carrion crow (Corvus corone)
Raven (Corvus corax)
Starling (Sturnus vulgaris)
House sparrow (Passer domesticus)
Chaffinch (Fringilla coelebs)
Greenfinch (Chloris chloris)
Goldfinch (Carduelis carduelis)
Bullfinch (Pyrrhula pyrrhula)
Reed bunting (Emberiza schoeniclus)