Trip reports

Midweek Walk around Aldenham Country Park

Wednesday, 23 October 2013

Our first midweek walk of the season was around Aldenham Country Park. We
walked around the 60 acre lake managing to see most of the wildfowl including
wigeon. We enjoyed watching the great crested grebe catch a fish and eating it but
even more exciting was a cormorant catching a pike and holding it underwater.
However the pike finally got away! On the other side of the lake a keen eye spotted
the mandarin. The woods were fairly quiet but we did catch sight of long-tailed tits and
a grey wagtail flying over. We saw the great spotted woodpecker but only heard the
green woodpecker.
We had a total of 24 people and 21 stayed for lunch at The Fishery Inn, which was
very successful and enjoyed by all.
List of birds
Black-headed gull, blue tit, Canada goose, carrion crow, collared dove, common gull,
coot, cormorant, gadwall, great crested grebe with its young, great spotted
woodpecker, great tit, grey wagtail, grey heron, jackdaw, jay, lesser black-backed gull,
long-tailed tit, magpie, mallard, mandarin, moorhen, mute swan, red kite, robin,
starling, tufted duck, wigeon and woodpigeon - 29 bird species. We heard green
woodpecker and wren.