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Morning bird watching outing to King's Mead

Morning bird watching outing to King's Mead
RSPB images

Sunday, 14 October 2012

The Herts & Middlesex Wildlife Trust, whose reserve this is, describes King's Meads as, "A rare floodplain habitat which supports 119 different bird species". Well, we managed to spot 41 of them on this autumn walk in the sunshine. There was plenty of water about after the late summer rains providing a fine habitat for the many snipe and wildfowl. Collared doves and pied wagtails eluded us despite our searches but the pair of stonechats more than made up for minor disappointments.

Sightings: Mute Swan, Canada Goose, Wigeon, Gadwall, Teal, Mallard, Tufted Duck, Pheasant, Great Crested Grebe, Cormorant, Grey Heron, Sparrowhawk, Buzzard, Kestrel, Moorhen, Coot, Lapwing, Snipe, Black-headed Gull, Common Gull, Lesser Black-backed Gull, Herring Gull, Feral Pigeon, Woodpigeon, Kingfisher, Grey Wagtail, Wren, Robin, Stonechat, Blackbird, Long-tailed Tit, Blue Tit, Great Tit, Jay, Magpie, Jackdaw, Rook, Carrion Crow, Starling, Greenfinch, Goldfinch.

Total: 41 species.