Trip reports

Thorncombe Wood

Nuthatch on branch
RSPB Image

Wednesday, 21 February 2018

On a sunny and dry morning 16 members had a leisurely stroll around Thorncombe Wood and the adjoining Puddletown Forest, and whilst no really unusual species were seen, there were all the usual woodland birds about to enjoy.

From the car park we made our way up through the woods where we saw a Great Spotted Woodpecker, a stunning male Bullfinch, various tits, a Treecreeper, two Redwing and a good number of Nuthatches. A small flock of Chaffinches were feeding under the beech trees but we couldn't find any Brambling that can sometimes frequent the woods during the winter months. A Green Woodpecker was yaffling in the distance as we made our way up the hill towards the Rushy Pond and we passed a Roe Deer basking in the sun. A walk along the old Roman Road brought us out to a viewpoint above Puddletown Forest where a few Buzzards could be seen soaring above and a pair of Raven flew over in the distance.

Surprisingly few birds were spotted along the track back past Hardy's Cottage but outside the Visitors' Centre we saw a pair of Siskin, Blue, Great and Coal Tits and a Nuthatch visiting the feeders. A total of 23 species were recorded during a very pleasant morning trip.

Malcolm