Trip reports

Midweek Walk - Damflask Reservoir

Nuthatch on branch

Wednesday, 9 September 2015

It was a misty overcast morning, with a promise of sunshine. As we left the idyllic village setting of Low Bradfield, we saw Starlings, Great Tits, Blue Tits, Coal Tits, and even a Sparrowhawk. 

Once into our stride beside the reservoir, we were adding Pied Wagtail, Chaffinch, Song Thrush and Grey Heron to our lists.  A lovely flock of Long-tailed Tits flew overhead looking like a string of tea spoons, and a tatty looking Mandarin Duck in eclipse plumage was also spotted. We stopped by a bench where people regularly feed the birds and it turned out to be a hotspot as we saw Nuthatch, Treecreeper, Goldcrest and a confiding Robin. 

As we crossed the dam wall, we observed the spectacle of visible migration as mixed flocks of Swallows and House Martins flew over our heads, confirming that autumn had certainly arrived. 

And yes, we did finish in beautiful sunshine!

19 people attended
32 bird species seen
Star Bird: Mandarin Duck

Full list of birds seen:
Blue Tit
Blackbird
Crow
Chiffchaff
Common Buzzard
Chaffinch
Coal Tit
Grey Heron
Goldcrest
Goldfinch
Greylag Goose
Great Tit
House Sparrow
House Martin
Jackdaw
Long-tailed Tit
Mallard
Mandarin Duck
Magpie
Moorhen
Nuthatch
Pied Wagtail
Robin
Rook
Sparrowhawk
Song Thrush
Swallow
Starling
Treecreeper
Wood Pigeon
Wren
Willow Warbler