Trip reports

Little Marlow Gravel Pit Lake

Sunday, 16 October 2016

A new venue for the group , a gravel pit turned into nature reserve in 2001. Had torrential rain at 09:30am sat in car for half an hour, after it stopped nine of us set off left to the footpath and watched a mixed flock of tits and finches on the way. Across the field from gate led to a circular walk around 3/4 of lake,we started on a clockwise walk. The path went inside hedgerows, trees and shrubs with gaps and the odd seat to views over lake.On the way around we heard lots of honking as flocks of Graylag geese flew over and on to or near the scrape at the top end of the lake. The path came closer to the scrape where we had good views of gulls, waders, and other geese, further along a small u shaped bay were two Black Swans and Kingfisher zipping across the water from reeds to the trees on other bank.
The path then went across main access road a few houses then some woods,then along some field edges then back to the lakeside path back to start.

The birds seen were:-
Graylag goose, Bar-headed goose, Canada goose, Wigeon, Gadwall, Teal, Mallard, Shoveler, Pochard, Tufted duck, Red-Legged-Partridge, Pheasant, Cormorant, Grey Heron, Great Crested Grebe, Red Kite, Buzzard, Moorhen, Coot, Lapwing, Common Sandpiper, Black HeadedGull, Commom Gull, Lesser Black Backed Gul , Herring Gul , Stock Dove, Woodpigeon , Kingfisher, Green Woodpecker, great spotted Woodpecker, Kestrel, Parakeet, Magpie, Jackdaw, Crow, Goldcrest Blue tit, Great tit, Long-tailed tit, Skylark, Chiffchaff, Nuthatch, Treecreeper, Wren, Starling, Blackbird, Robin, Dunnock, Pied Wagtail, Chaffinch, Bullfinch, Goldfinch Total of 53.