Trip reports

Midweek Walk - Ulley Country Park

Willow warbler

Wednesday, 11 April 2018

We set off on an unseasonable cold, drizzly, misty April morning, trying very hard not to let the weather dampen our spirits.  

Our list of birds started at a feeding station in the car park with Chaffinch, Dunnock, Goldfinch, Reed Bunting and Yellowhammer and on the reservoir where there was the usual assortment of waterfowl including Mallard, Gadwall, Moorhen, Coot and Great-crested Grebe.  An obliging male Kestrel was spotted perched on a building and we all got excellent views.  

Birdsong was certainly suppressed by the cool conditions though it didn't stop a lone Skylark serenading us with its enchanting song. We also heard Chiffchaff and some Willow Warblers - newly arrived  from Africa - plus Mistle Thrush, Buzzard and a nesting Mute Swan.  

The weather may have been disappointing but the birds made it an enjoyable walk.

Leaders: Helen & John Ensor
27 people attended
31 bird species seen
Star bird: Kestrel

Full List:
Blue Tit
Buzzard
Black-headed Gull
Blackbird
Carrion Crow
Chaffinch
Coot 
Chiffchaff
Dunnock
Goldfinch
Great-crested Grebe
Gadwall
Great Tit
Herring Gull
Kestrel
Lapwing
Mallard
Mistle Thrush
Magpie
Moorhen
Mute Swan
Pied Wagtail
Pheasant
Robin
Reed Bunting
Skylark
Song Thrush
Wood Pigeon
Willow Warbler
Wren
Yellowhammer