Trip reports

Mid-week Walk at Dorney/Jubilee River

Mid-week Walk at Dorney/Jubilee River
Peter Hambrook

Thursday, 12 November 2015

As normal we managed to fill all the remaining spaces in the small car park and the area opposite but all were accommodated, although I fear we may have upset the regular dog-walkers a little. With the continuing very mild conditions the wildfowl numbers were a little low but we had a good selection of other birds and even before leaving the cars some had spotted a grey wagtail going over.
A territorial swan with a mate and youngster in tow was power swimming after an interloper in full 'stately galleon' mode, eventually forcing it to flee up-river.
Ken called a kestrel that had landed in the grass a short way from us and we had good scope views of this female apparently devouring some unfortunate rodent, although we never saw what.
Approaching the second bridge, we found the railings lined with black-headed gulls plus a single common gull - fortunately second in on one of the lines. At this bridge some spotted the first kingfisher of the day but it had tucked itself away before the rest of us could get on to it.
However, a low-flying red kite almost overhead was difficult to miss. The open wet grassland hosted a substantial flock of Canada geese, three Egyptian geese, a small group of linnets and several pied wagtails.
Peter Hambrook