Trip reports

Midweek Walk at Batford Springs Nature Reserve & the Nickey Line

Tuesday, 26 November 2013

We were very lucky with the both the weather and the birds on this second midweek walk of the season. The sun shone and within just a few yards of leaving the road and stepping onto the reserve we had notched up a count of 8 birds, including a charm of goldfinches. The goldfinches accompanied us as we continued along a chalk stream, where we also saw a goldcrest. Birds flying overhead included a little egret and a pair of red kites who thoughtfully timed their appearance with our coffee break. There were a couple of real highlights in this walk. The first was a kingfisher who put in not just one but four 'fly pasts' for us as we walked along a riverbank. And we were treated to a great view of a sparrowhawk which obligingly sat facing us, clearly visible in its tree, at the very end of the walk.

We had a total of 24 people of which 17 stayed for a very enjoyable lunch at the Gibraltar Castle.

List of Birds
Blackbird, buzzard, chaffinch, carion crow, dunnock, little egret, fieldfare, goldcrest, goldfinch, black-headed gull, lesser black-backed gull, grey heron, jackdaw, jay, kingfisher, magpie, mallard, moorhen, ring-necked parakeet, red kite, robin, rook, house sparrow, sparrowhawk, starling, mistle thrush, blue tit, great tit, long-tailed tit, pied wagtail, great spotted woodpecker, woodpigeon, wren.
A total of 33 species