Trip reports

New Year's ramble at Ellenbrook Fields

male stonechat perched on bramble
RSPB

Friday, 3 January 2020

Ten stalwart members met at Notcutt's car park before sunrise in persistent drizzle, determined to set off around Ellenbrook Fields and find some birds. The weather reports proved reliable as the rain eased off after half an hour. We were treated to an elegant immature kestrel perched in the morning sunlight, while we watched a female stonechat around the mounds area. We also saw 50+ ring-necked parakeet in groups heading west, presumably having left their Hatfield Tesco's roost site. A surprising number of cormorant were also seen in singles or pairs heading northwards, perhaps to the different gravel pits along Cooper's Green Lane.

Other notable sightings included a female bullfinch, meadow pipit, green woodpecker and several singing song thrush. After the walk, a well-earned breakfast was enjoyed by the group at Notcutt's to get their new year's birding off to a good start.

Sightings:
Canada Goose, Pheasant, Cormorant, Red Kite, Black-headed Gull, Herring Gull, Feral Pigeon, Woodpigeon, Green Woodpecker, Kestrel, Ring-necked Parakeet, Jay, Magpie, Jackdaw, Carrion Crow, Blue Tit, Great Tit, Skylark, Long-tailed Tit, Wren, Blackbird, Song Thrush, Robin, Stonechat, Dunnock, Meadow Pipit, Bullfinch, Goldfinch
Grey Squirrel and Rabbit