Trip reports

Weekend Walk - General Cemetery

Male blackcap in hawthorn bush

Saturday, 12 May 2018

The General Cemetery is a lovely green oasis within our city and is a great place to see wildlife.

We started our walk by reconnecting with Swifts, newly arrived from Africa, as they zoomed overhead. Our attention was soon diverted to the loud birdsong that surrounded us, and one bird that stood out in this respect was the Blackcap.  Not only could we appreciate their lovely fluty song but one appeared on a prominent branch, and we got stunning views of this pretty warbler.  A Chaffinch was the next bird to grab our attention and once again we got great views and it just got better when a Treecreeper stole the show.  

We went on to play hide and seek with a pair of Great Spotted Woodpeckers - never getting really good views - plus we had fleeting glimpses of both Grey Wagtail and Dipper on the Porter Brook. The walk finished on a high with the discovery of a charming little Wren that was nesting in a drainpipe.

Leader: Peter Wingfield
21 people attended
23 species seen
Star bird: Blackcap

Full list:
Blackbird
Bullfinch
Blackcap
Blue Tit
Carrion Crow
Chaffinch
Chiffchaff
Dunnock
Dipper
Feral Pigeon
Goldfinch
Great Tit
Great Spotted Woodpecker
Grey Wagtail
Long-tailed Tit
Mallard
Magpie
Robin
Swift
Sparrowhawk
Treecreeper
Wood Pigeon
Wren