Trip reports

Stocker's Lake Nature Reserve

Male goldeneye
RSPB images

Sunday, 13 December 2009

THe Herts. and Middlesex Wildlife Trust reserve at Stocker's Lake is a regular outing venue on our annual programme with good reason. With a mixed habitat of river, lakes, woodland and the surrounding fields it always has something of interest to see. We were delighted to play host on this occasion to Siewlin Wee, a keen birder from Massachusetts, who found us on the web and dropped by for some life-time firsts from our local bird population. Our usual walk round the main lake rewarded us with most of the regular species. The full list is below. The highlights were our first sightings of ring-necked parakeets at this location, a delightful flock of siskin feeding in the tops of the trees alongside the lake and a hungry robin that would not wait for food to be thrown down and started pecking at the bag. We were slightly disappointed not to find some of the winter specials like smew and goosander but the goldeneye were showing well as compensation. Perhaps we will find the sawbills next time.

Weather: cold but dry (this walk took place before the recent snowfalls

Bird Sightings:
Redwing
Fieldfare
Robin
Greenfinch
Chaffinch
Blue tit
Great tit
Long tailed tit
Blackbird
Wren
Dunnock
Carrion crow
Rook
Starling
Siskins
Collared dove
Woodpigeon
Kestrel
Pleasant
Greg wagtail
Mute swan
Canada goose
Cormonant
Kingfisher
Mallard
Teal
Coot
Moorhen
Shovelers
Gadwall
Tufted duck
Wigeon
Pollard
Great crested grebe
Golden eye
Black headed gull
Common gull
lesser black backed gull
Lapwing
Grey heron
Red necked parakeet