Trip reports

RSPB Lytchett Fields

Long-tailed tit perched on branch
RSPB Image

Wednesday, 21 November 2018

Hen and Marsh Harrier, Water Pipit, Green Sandpiper and Avocet - all could possibly have been seen on our field trip to Lytchett Fields. Unfortunately during the one and a quarter hours the seven of us walked round the various parts of the reserve we got drenched by pulses of heavy rain and the occasional hammering of hail, resulting in very few birds of note being visible.
We saw a few finches and tits whilst walking through the fields by French's Farm and a Grey Heron flew away towards the reserve. At Lytchett Pool a Little Egret flew off and some Redshank and a Curlew could be just seen through the murk. Walking across Lytchett Fields was quite unpleasant due to the weather and only Lapwing, Black-tailed Godwit and some Teal were noted so we didn't stay at the lookouts for very long. We also saw a flock of Long-tailed Tits along the road on the way back to the cars.
On a positive note, those of us who hadn't visited the reserve before were at least encouraged to return in better weather conditions and our waterproof clothing was well tested for effectiveness! Just 20 species were recorded.

Malcolm