Trip reports

Visit to Fishers Green

Sunday, 14 June 2015

11 Members met in the car park at Fishers Green, an area of The Lee Valley Reginal Park, for the last weekend walk of the season, on a drizzely cloudy morning, so much for flaming June! We set off across the road bridge to the footpath towards the new river channel up to the weir, where Holyfield Lake starts.
At the start by the bend, we stopped on hearing nightingales calling no hope of seeing them with all the foilage out. There was a lot of bird song, blackbirds, robins, chaffinches, wrens and good views of whitethroat and chiffchaff, there were plenty of canada geese with young in the channel and also at the weir. Also near by were mallard, gadwall, coot, graylag geese, inbetween the black-headed gulls and the lesser black-backed gulls were common terns flying along the channel; a kestrel was seen hovering over a open field.

From here we made our way over to the foot path that led up to the Grebe Hide,which runs along side the River Lea (Lee).In the small inlets of main lake,were mute swans with young, coot ,tufted duck,moorhen,further along towards the hide were few herons and a group of nesting cormorants. From the hide about 20-25 great crested grebe had gathered, one pair started the mating dance, at the far end of lake between some swans and a raft of coot, were 6-7 poachard.
We then made our way to car park following the river stopping off at the bittern hide for a check on the nesting common terns,which were sitting on eggs,a pair of egyptian geese were seen near the camera post. After a short lunch some of us went to the scrape to check on waders. On the new metal screen, we found five little egrets. We then went around to the other hide to get a better view, from which we saw lapwings,one facing its back to us turned out to be a green sandpiper with the help of egret to make it move. A fox appeared and went over to far side of scrape that set the egrets off, by that time we made our way back, a grand day out.

List seen:- Cormorant, Mute swan, Mallard, Canada Goose, Magpie, Kestrel, Common Tern, Blackcap, Woodpigeon, Blackbird, Whitethroat, Black-Headed Gull, Collard Dove, Chiffchaff, Swifts, Moorhen, Carrion Crow, Jackdaw, Egyptian Goose, Great-crested Grebe, Coot, Gadwall, L B B Gull, Chaffinch, Dunnock, Herring Gull, Wren, Tufted Duck, Gray Heron, Blue tit, Robin, Poachard, Graylag Goose, Starling, Housemartin, Song Thrush, Great tit, Jay, Long-tailed tit, Reed Bunting, Reed Warbler, Common gull, Little Egret, Lapwing, Greensandpiper.( 44)
Other heard:- Nightingale ,Sedge Warbler, Cettis Warbler, Green Woodpecker. A fox also seen.