Trip reports

Midweek Walk - Manor Fields Park

Male greenfinch perched on rhododendron bush

Wednesday, 10 January 2018

The weather forecast was spot on! At exactly 10 o'clock, the rain stopped - just in time for the start of our walk. A flock of Greenfinches flew from treetop to treetop and a Great Tit burst into song as we started to explore this urban oasis. We were soon adding Robin, Blackbird, Moorhen and Magpie to our lists, when a flock of Redwings appeared from nowhere and a Sparrowhawk put in a brief appearance. This short inner-city walk allowed us plenty of time to stand and enjoy its bird life and we got great views of Goldfinches and Bullfinches.

The walk ended by a small reed-fringed wetland area containing Mallards when, suddenly, the pig-like squeal of a Water Rail was heard. As so often with this species, despite all our efforts to see it, we had to be content in the knowledge that one was certainly skulking deep within the reeds. An exciting end to a lovely winter bird walk.

29 people attended
19 bird species seen:
Star bird: Bullfinch

Full List:
Blackbird
Blue Tit
Black-headed Gull
Bullfinch
Carrion Crow
Dunnock
Great Tit
Goldfinch
Greenfinch
Lesser Black-backed Gull
Moorhen
Magpie
Mallard
Robin
Redwing
Sparrowhawk
Water Rail
Wood Pigeon
Wren