Trip reports

Local outing to Stockers' Lake, Rickmansworth.

Adult male siskin on feeder
RSPB images

Sunday, 18 December 2011

There is always something of interest at Stockers Lake as demonstrated by this Sunday morning walk. The late arrival of winter weather had not yet brought all of the winter wildfowl specials south into our area. Nevertheless we did manage some good sightings of goldeneye and the odd female goosander. Hawfinch is on our list as an unconfirmed possible as it flew before we could a good look to confirm - a shame but never mind. The flock of siskin performed delightfully over the roof of the hide and a fox appeared on the river bank as we walked around the lake.

Sightings list: Mute Swan, Canada Goose, Shelduck, Wigeon, Gadwall, Mallard, Shoveler, Red Crested Pochard, Pochard, Tufted Duck, Goldeneye, Goosander (female), Great Crested Grebe, Cormorant, Grey Heron, Sparrowhawk, Moorhen, Coot, Lapwing, Black-headed Gull, Common Gull, Lesser Black-backed Gull, Woodpigeon, Collared Dove, Green Woodpecker, Great Spotted Woodpecker, Robin, Blackbird, Song Thrush, Goldcrest, Long-tailed Tit, Blue Tit, Great Tit, Coal Tit (heard), Nuthatch (heard), Jay, Magpie, Jackdaw, Carrion Crow, Starling, House Sparrow, Chaffinch, Goldfinch, Siskin, Hawfinch (possible unconfirmed). 42 bird species seen plus a fox.