Trip reports

Mid-week outing to Tyttenhanger Gravel Pits.

Tree sparrow on twig
RSPB images

Wednesday, 14 December 2011

Between the A405, North Orbital Road and A1(M) the footpaths around the sand and gravel quarry and Tyttenhanger House Estate and Farm provide a varied habitat and, if you are lucky, some interesting surprises. We found the tree sparrows that were our particular target but were also delighted with other sightings. In particular some yellowhammers in one of the hedges and a delightfully large flock of lapwings alternately wheeling over our heads and settling at the waters edge.

Sightings list: Mute Swan, Canada Goose, Gadwall, Mallard, Tufted Duck, Great Crested Grebe, Cormorant, Grey Heron, Kestrel, Moorhen, Coot, Lapwing, Black-headed Gull, Common Gull, Lesser Black-backed Gull, Stock Dove, Woodpigeon, Collared Dove, Green Woodpecker, Great Spotted Woodpecker, Dunnock, Robin, Blackbird, Fieldfare, Long-tailed Tit, Blue Tit, Great Tit, Magpie, Jackdaw, Carrion Crow, Tree Sparrow, Chaffinch, Goldfinch, Bullfinch, Yellowhammer, Reed Bunting. 36 bird species.