Trip reports

Midweek Walk - Manor Fields Park

Long-tailed tit perched on branch

Wednesday, 8 January 2020

We were very fortunate to have a lovely sunny morning for our first walk of 2020, and there was a fine assortment of birds awaiting our attention.

There were mallards and a moorhen on the pond, a charm of goldfinches in the treetops and a restless flock of redwings that had us furiously focusing our binoculars. Chaffinch, grey wagtail, jay and kestrel were already on our list by the time we cut through City Road Cemetery where we saw two mistle thrushes. High overhead, a sparrowhawk was spotted being mobbed by a lesser black-backed gull, and we were surprised at how small the hawk appeared compared to the gull.

After that drama, we went on to visit Manor Lodge where we saw a flock of long-tailed tits, after which it was back to the park where we picked up bullfinch and pied wagtail. Our walk concluded back at the pond where we hoped to repeat our experience of two years ago by locating a water rail. Though this was not to be, we did see a brown rat swimming about, impersonating a water vole. A great start to the new year's series of walks!

Leader: Helen Ensor
29 people attended
28 bird species seen

Star bird: Redwing

Other species seen:
Blue tit
Blackbird
Black-headed gull
Bullfinch
Chaffinch
Crow
Dunnock
Feral pigeon
Great tit
Goldfinch
Grey wagtail
House sparrow
Jay
Kestrel
Lesser black-backed gull
Long-tailed tit
Magpie
Mallard
Moorhen
Mistle thrush
Pied wagtail
Robin
Redwing
Starling
Sparrowhawk
Song thrush
Woodpigeon
Wren