Trip reports

Midweek Walk - Shillito Woods

Willow warbler

Wednesday, 10 April 2019

There was a lot of bird activity at the feeding station in the car park giving us a flying start to our visit with species including Reed Bunting, Chaffinch and Yellowhammer.

Once into our stride, we were soon in open heathland with the lovely song of the Skylark as company. We spotted flocks of finches feeding in small stands of birch, and you can imagine our delight when they turned out to be Brambling and Lesser Redpoll. The latter put on quite a show - buzzing from tree to tree.

We went on to hear Chiffchaff, Willow Warbler and Tree Pipit and also had fleeting views of Buzzard, Mistle Thrush and Wheatear.

Despite an unseasonably cold start, it turned out to be a wonderful spring walk in wild open countryside on which we saw some memorable birds.

Leaders: Jean & John Coulson
32 people attended
25 bird species seen
Star bird: Lesser Redpoll

Full List of Bird Species:
Blue Tit
Buzzard
Brambling
Coal Tit
Chaffinch
Crow
Chiffchaff
Goldfinch
Great Tit
Lapwing
Lesser Redpoll
Mistle Thrush
Magpie
Mallard
Meadow Pipit
Pheasant
Robin
Reed Bunting
Skylark
Sparrowhawk
Tree Pipit
Willow Warbler
Wheatear
Wren
Yellowhammer