Trip reports

Midweek Walk - Bowden Housteads Woods

Dunnock on grass

Wednesday, 13 March 2019

We battled gusty, windy weather in our quest to see birds. Perhaps not surprisingly, many of them were keeping their heads down, apart from Dunnocks, Great Tits, Robins and Wrens who were in full song. Whilst looking amongst the violently swaying trees, a Redwing was spotted and later we identified a Mistle Thrush from its mechanical rattle. Jackdaws were rolling and tumbling in the wild conditions and looked as though they were having a great time.

We went on to see Bullfinch, Long-tailed Tit, Chaffinch and Goldfinch, until a hunting Sparrowhawk was spotted flying directly towards us along the woodland edge at knee height. At the last minute, it saw us and swerved into the woodland causing a noisy reaction from the resident Blackbirds, Robins and Blue Tits. It truly was a walk on the wildside!

Leaders: Helen & John Ensor
10 people attended
19 species seen
Star bird: Redwing

Full list:
Blue Tit
Blackbird
Bullfinch
Black-headed Gull
Chaffinch
Dunnock
Goldfinch
Great Tit
Jay
Jackdaw
Long-tailed Tit
Mistle Thrush
Magpie
Nuthatch
Robin
Redwing
Sparrowhawk
Wood Pigeon
Wren