Trip reports

Sissinghurst (Leader Robin Smith)

Sissinghurst (Leader Robin Smith)
Long Tailed Tit (Richard Hanman)

Sunday, 26 February 2017

The forecast was for a dry but overcast day but it turned out to be damp for most of the morning with a bit of 'scotch mist' that made it difficult to keep the optics clear. However ten set out from the car park hoping for a bullfinch fest to compare with last year's visit.

The walk was a bit of a slow burner and apart from a couple of meadow pipits perched in a tree(!) the early highlights were displays of early crocus, hellebores and daffodils in the castle grounds. It wasn't until we reached the lake that the bird quality upped the scale with all the tit family in evidence, blue, great, long tailed, coal and the sought-after marsh tit. Siskins were in the alders around the lake, nuthatches were everywhere as were goldcrests and one treecreeper put in a cameo appearance.

We had to wait until the end of the wooded part of the walk before we eventually caught up with a pair of bullfinches with the cardinal red of the male bringing a welcome beacon to the dullness of the weather.

This year the group were impeccably behaved, Karen was early, Elizabeth was back tucking into a chocolate and beetroot cake, Yeuk found the venue with ease so I have no defamatory remarks to make this time round!

Robin Smith