Trip reports

New Year's Day Walk at SWT Papercourt Marshes

Monday, 1 January 2018

Five hardy members met up at Papercourt for the annual New Year' Day walk. The weather was dull but not too cold.

From the car park we saw several redwings, fieldfares and long tailed tits. As we set out across the bridges to view the river and fields we picked up sparrow-hawk, buzzard, Egyptian geese, heron, siskin, song thrush, wren and great spotted woodpecker.

Walking back to follow the river across the very wet meadows we soon had a very smart pair of grey wagtails which were then joined by a pied. Further along we saw a mixed group of Canadian and greylag geese with a lot of redwings and fieldfare feeding in the background, where a kestrel hovered obligingly close by and four jays perched in one tree.

Walking alongside the canal past the mainly alder trees, we had good numbers of siskins, goldfinches, redwings, three treecreepers and a goldcrest, and an elusive nuthatch was calling.
The sailing lake was very quiet, probably due to the number of boats that were out, giving us only a large number of coots, two great crested grebes, five little grebes, one tufted duck and, amongst the black headed gulls, three common and one herring gull, along with the now expected red kite drifting overhead.

It was now drizzling with rain but we had seen nearly fifty species, so it was a good start to 2018.
Ron Jackson