Trip reports

New Hythe Lakes (Adrian Olsen)

New Hythe Lakes (Adrian Olsen)
Great Crested Grebe (Richard Hanman)

Wednesday, 11 January 2017

It was on the day the earth stood still, or rather the Medway Towns as the A2/M2 was closed in the morning due to over-running road works!

Luckily, I knew my way around the back roads to get to New Hythe Lakes on time. Eventually George, Warren and Adrian joined me as we set off, albeit half an hour late, on a sunny but blustery day.

Passing the first lake from Brooklands car park we saw most of the common ducks and grebes, coots, tufted, gadwall, pochard and mallard ducks, great crested grebes, mute swans, cormorants and a heron. A look into the scrub where long eared owls are known to roost seemed to have long been abandoned! The path along the bank of the Medway can be a bit treacherous in places but after negotiating the various obstacles and fallen trees along the way we managed to see a buzzard, sparrowhawk and kestrel fly over us with teals and redshanks on the far bank and herons roosting in the trees above them.

Little grebes and wigeons were seen in the lake after crossing the Medway Valley railway line. Redwings, fieldfares, goldcrests and long tailed tits were also seen on the path back to the car park.

On the way home I dropped off to see the waxwings in Bligh Way, Strood. A count of 37 species were collected on the day.

Adrian Olsen.