Trip reports

Midweek Walk to River Ver and Redbournbury Mill

Collared dove sitting in grass
RSPB images

Tuesday, 23 October 2012

Our first midweek walk of the season was along the River Ver to Redbournbury Mill. We all met in The Chequer's Inn car park at Redbourn on a misty day. We were joking that if we did see any birds, they would probably be all grey! However our spirits were high, and we had a good turnout, so we set off. Some of us were lucky to see good views of a goldcrest and later on another sighting by others. One red-legged partridge was seen flying away but later on we were pleased to see about ten of them on a field. At Redbournbury Mill, as well as mallards and moorhens, we saw a gadwall and a teal, spotted by keen eyes. We all had wonderful views of the meadow pipits flying by and skylarks singing as we made our way back to The Chequer's Inn. The day was getting brighter and clearer and in the distance, but not too far, was a little egret in a tree and definitely not a plastic bag!!

We were fascinated with all the fungi we saw, one was called parrot, and many also enjoyed seeing a hare.

We had a total of 28 people and 19 stayed for lunch at The Chequer's Inn. We were pleased to see three new members join us and possibly one new recruit.

Bird sightings

Blackbird, buzzard, chaffinch, coot, carrion crow, collared dove, little egret, gadwall, goldcrest, goldfinch, greenfinch, black-headed gull, grey heron, jackdaw, jay, kestrel, magpie, mallard, moorhen, red-legged partridge, pheasant, meadow pipit, robin, skylark, house sparrow, starling, teal, mistle thrush, blue tit, great tit, long-tailed tit, grey wagtail, pied wagtail, great spotted woodpecker, green woodpecker, woodpigeon and wren. Also one hare! 37 bird species seen.