Trip reports

Papercourt, New Years Day 2017

Papercourt, New Years Day 2017
Neil Bew

Sunday, 1 January 2017

New Years Day 2017

A select five members shook off any late night cobwebs and joined me for the traditional new years day wander around Papercourt. The field opposite the Newark Bridge car park was resplendent with thrushes, scores of fieldfare and redwing joined by a lone mistle thrush. As usual, we started the walk by looking up the road towards past Newark Priory, adding goldfinch, overhead, a cormorant on sentry duty at the very top of a dead tree, a welcome kingfisher perched over the River Wey and the first of the days little grebe. Nice start.

Rain was forecast so I changed the traditional route somewhat and headed directly for the sailing club lake. No sailing today so the birds were present in good numbers, the usual flotilla of coot joined by smaller numbers of gadwall, wigeon, tufted duck and pochard. Grebes were represented by great crested grebes and more little grebes. A quick check of the small lake behind the clubhouse and a walk through Papercourt Farm, brought us to Papercourt Lock; no grey wagtail today but the meadows brought the first raptors for the day, a distant buzzard being mobbed by crows and two closer kestrel on the pylons. On the walk back to the cars east of the lock, we added a superb red kite.

In all, we totalled some 47 species in a gentle two and half hour walk.