Trip reports

Monday 10th May 2021 Venus Pool

Monday 10th May 2021 Venus Pool
Sue Lea

Tuesday, 8 June 2021

Showers were predicted for this morning's trip so we were very lucky that most grey clouds passed harmlessly overhead. Ospreys had been seen fishing in the shallow pool by visitors during the previous week but alas we were not so fortunate. However, we did spend the morning trying to get to grips with a large variety of summer warblers. The more knowledgeable members of the group helped identify these elusive birds by their songs and then the eagle-eyed amongst us located them in the hedgerows! Many of them moved around the bushes continuously so I personally wasn't always quick enough to get a good sighting; I will have to persevere in improving my technique.
Our route took us along the field hedge bordering the road down to the bridge over the stream. Between us we spotted blue tit, great tit, long-tailed tit, blackbird, carrion crow, magpie, jackdaw, wood pigeon, stock dove, robin, dunnock, house sparrow and chaffinch. Warblers seen and heard included chiffchaff, blackcap, whitethroat and lesser whitethroat for a lucky few. A green woodpecker was heard and a buzzard was the only raptor spotted overhead. Out in the fields a family of Canada geese and goslings were seen feeding as well as pheasant and a lone lapwing and oystercatcher. As we approached the bridge a skylark was spotted singing in the sky above a recently cultivated field.
While we lingered on the bridge mallard were seen and eventually a dipper flew upstream to land on various stones in front of us before departing downstream again.
We continued uphill around the field to the large oak tree and then down between the two lakes to the far side of the pool. From the hill we saw three male goosanders flying by and a large number of swallows, swifts and sand martins putting on an aerial display as they flew hither and thither catching insects. From within the bushes and reeds bordering Venus Pool we were serenaded by a variety of warblers including garden, sedge and reed. The pool itself had few birds which was rather disappointing so we only added mute swan, great crested grebe, pied wagtail and grey heron to our list.
In addition to the birds we saw a Green-veined White butterfly, a large cloud of St Mark's flies, a slow-worm and a variety of spring flowers including cowslips, cuckooflowers and green-winged orchids in the damp pasture near the lakes.
All in all I spent a very pleasant and informative morning in the countryside with a group of good companions.