Trip reports

Midweek Walk - Rother Valley Country Park

Male goldeneye

Wednesday, 7 November 2018

The morning rain stopped right on cue, just in time for us to set off on our walk around Rother Valley and, by the time we reached the nature lake, the sun was breaking through. There was a good variety of ducks including Mallard, Wigeon, Pochard, Tufted Duck and Goldeneye, together with Mute Swan, Great-crested Grebe, Lapwing and Canada Goose. A Common Buzzard kept gliding into view overhead and there were lots of Goldfinch with their lovely tinkly call.

As we walked by the River Rother towards the Visitor Centre, we had brief views of a female Goosander. In the centre's car park, a couple of Mistle Thrushes were making a terrific racket - flying from tree to tree in a very agitated manner. On our walk back by the river, the rain clouds were gathering but, before we got a thorough soaking, we saw Little Egret, Gadwall, Teal, Barnacle Goose as well as a fleeting glimpse of a lovely Kingfisher.

We may have got a little damp, but we did get a great list of birds and everyone agreed that Rother Valley is a top birding spot.

17 attended.
42 species seen. 
Star bird: Goldeneye

Full list:
Blackbird
Black-headed Gull
Barnacle Goose
Canada Goose
Carrion Crow
Common Buzzard
Coot
Chaffinch
Cormorant
Dunnock
Fieldfare
Goldfinch
Great-crested Grebe
Goldeneye
Grey Heron
Goosander
Greylag Goose
Gadwall
Great Tit
Herring Gull
Jackdaw
Jay
Kingfisher
Kestrel
Lapwing
Lesser Black-backed Gull
Little Egret
Little Grebe
Long-tailed Tit
Magpie
Mallard
Moorhen
Mute Swan
Mistle Thrush
Pied Wagtail
Pochard
Song Thrush
Starling
Tufted Duck
Teal
Wigeon
Wood Pigeon