Trip reports

Walk report for Hilfield Park Reservoir

Swallow perched on wire fence in Spain
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Sunday, 27 March 2011

Our attempt to visit this Herts & Middlesex nature reserve was snowed-off last December. We were therefore very grateful to be invited by the warden to this early spring alternative. The resident voluntary ringing group was busy there but found time to demonstrate their art and explain its importance to our understanding of the life and movements of the small birds. Our thanks go to them for this unexpected contribution to our delightful morning.
The large expanse of water and marginal vegetation provides suitable habitats for a remarkable range of bird species for such a small area. Our sightings list (below) for a visit of just a couple of hours bears this out. The courting kestrel pair and a mixed flock of hirundines (swallows and martins) high overhead foretold the coming spring despite the chilly wind.

Sightings List:
Little grebe, Great crested grebe, Cormorant, Mute swan, Canada goose, Gadwall, Teal, Mallard, Shoveler, Pochard, Tufted duck, Sparrowhawk, Buzzard, Kestrel, Moorhen, Coot, Little gull, Black-headed Gull, Lesser black-backed gull, Woodpigeon, Ring-necked parakeet, Green woodpecker, Great spotted woodpecker, Sand martin, Swallow, House Martin, Pied wagtail, Wren, Dunnock, Robin, Blackbird, Fieldfare, Song thrush, Chiffchaff, Goldcrest, Long-tailed Tit, Blue Tit, Great Tit, Jay, Magpie, Carrion Crow, Chaffinch, Goldfinch, Reed bunting. Total 44 species.
Plus a muntjack deer in the adjacent gardens.