Trip reports

Sissinghurst (Leader Robin Smith)

Sissinghurst (Leader Robin Smith)
Bullfinch [John Bridges]

Sunday, 25 February 2018

It started on a really high note with excellent views of a pair of bullfinches in the trees next to the car park and a nuthatch feeding on the ground just in front of us. A few more bullfinches were picked up further back in the trees and as yet we had not even taken our first step.

After sampling the heated toilets we soon spotted a pair of buzzards being harassed by a sparrowhawk and a kestrel also put in an appearance drifting across from its perch on a nearby tree. We moved on and scanned the open fields picking up a large group of fieldfares on the ground with a few redwings scattered amongst them. The song of skylarks was pleasing to the ear offering hope of summer days still to come. As we moved through the woods we had more views of nuthatches but generally there was a scarcity of birds although we thought that we heard a marsh tit but couldn't pinpoint its whereabouts. A brief view of a great spotted woodpecker was seen by those at the front of the group before we emerged into the field leading back to the car park. This field was chock-a-block with a plethora of fieldfares in all directions.

Soup, coffee and cake was the final order of the day in the café to complete a pleasant morning stroll.

Robin Smith

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