Trip reports

Bird watching outing to the Lodge

Bird watching outing to the Lodge
John Richardson 2012

Sunday, 13 January 2013

Our walk was scheduled to follow Peter Bradley's excellent evening talk to our group on the history, current situation and plans for the nature reserve at RSPB Headquarters. On arrival we were greeted with a short flurry of snow - a timely warning of the chilly wind we were to experience later. The trees and feeders near the gatehouse shop provided good views of the tits, finches, a nuthatch and great spotted woodpecker - a good start within feet of the car park.

The paths down towards the main buildings gave us views of several wrens. The cold weather brought a flurry of activity to the feeders outside the hide near to the main buildings. More tits, finches and nuthatch were joined by up to four redpolls; a delightful sight and an opportunity for those who had missed our redpoll sightings at Tring the previous November. Some red-legged partridges added a country dimension to our sightings around the HQ buildings. Our path took us via the remains of the Iron Age fort and round Galley Hill. The highlight here was the number of goldcrests to be found in the trees. Seen a few at a time as we progressed round the path we estimate that there must have been about 20 in all.

Sightings: Red-legged Partridge, Black-headed Gull, Woodpigeon, Green Woodpecker, Great Spotted Woodpecker, Wren, Dunnock, Robin, Blackbird, Goldcrest, Long-tailed Tit, Blue Tit, Great Tit, Coal Tit, Nuthatch, Treecreeper, Jay, Magpie, Jackdaw, Carrion Crow, Starling, Chaffinch, Goldfinch, Redpoll.

Total: 24 species.