Trip reports

Midweek Walk at Bramfield

Thursday, 30 January 2014

Faced with a morning of steady rain many a bird spotter might have been tempted to stay home in the dry. But St Albans Branch midweek walkers are made of sterner stuff and there was a very good turn out for this walk in the vicinity of the village of Bramfield (26 walkers, of which 22 stayed on for lunch at The Grandison pub.)

The walk got off to a good start with the sighting of a variety of birds, including a nuthatch, in St Andrew's churchyard in the centre of the village. As we moved into farmland 3 waders were spotted flying overhead, although they couldn't be added to the bird list as they couldn't be identified more closely.

Shots could be heard as we crossed the fields and then in a wooded area we came across the shooting party. One of the beaters was very happy to talk with us and showed us one of the woodcock's that had been shot. It was obviously not the way in which we would have wished to see a woodcock, but we were able to fully appreciate the beauty of this bird. The beater told us that he had seen a number of woodcocks fly into the wood on the night of the previous full moon.

On arriving back at our cars at the end of the walk we were treated to the sight of 2 green woodpeckers feeding amongst a flock of fieldfares.

A total of 28 species were seen: Blackcap, Bullfinch, Chaffinch, Carrion Crow, Collared Dove, Dunnock, Fieldfare, Goldfinch, Greenfinch, Black-Headed Gull, Jackdaw, Jay, Magpie, Nuthatch, Red Kite, Redwing, Robin, Starling, Mistle Thrush, Song Thrush, Blue Tit, Coal Tit, Great Tit, Long-Tailed Tit, Great Spotted Woodpecker, Green Woodpecker, Woodpigeon, Wren.