Trip reports

Midweek Walk - Ulley Country Park

Starling perched on wall

Wednesday, 12 October 2016

Conditions were perfect with sunshine and very little wind. As we looked across fields towards Treeton, sorting out flocks of Starlings, Linnets and gulls, a skein of Pink-footed Geese flew over. What a great start to our walk!

Once by the water, we soon added Coot, Moorhen, Great-crested Grebe, Grey Wagtail and a colourful Kingfisher to our list. After only fifteen minutes of birding, we had seen more than twenty species but it seemed that we couldn't keep up this pace for long. We scanned Hawthorn bushes for thrushes without any success though we did manage Goldcrest, Chaffinch, Goldfinch and Kestrel. 

As we returned across the heathland, we were entertained by Common Buzzards wheeling and tumbling, chasing off Crows. On our return, the clouds darkened and we were very lucky to get back just before a very heavy downpour.
 
22 people attended
38 Species seen
Star Bird: Kingfisher

Full list of species:
Black-headed Gull
Buzzard
Blue Tit
Bullfinch
Blackbird
Crow
Coot
Canada Goose
Chaffinch
Dunnock
Feral Pigeon
Greenfinch
Great Tit
Goldfinch
Grey Wagtail
Great-crested Grebe
Grey Heron
Greylag Goose
Goldcrest
Jay
Kestrel
Kingfisher
Linnet
Lesser Black-backed Gull
Long-tailed Tit
Lapwing
Mallard
Mute Swan
Moorhen
Magpie
Pheasant
Pink-footed Goose
Pied Wagtail
Robin
Skylark
Starling
Wood Pigeon
Wren