Trip reports

Fisher's Green ramble

little egret, wading, water
RSPB

Saturday, 11 January 2020

Fisher's Green is formed of flooded gravel pits between the river Lee or Lea and Flood Control Channel in the Lee Valley park. Ten RSPB St Albans members met in the Farm car park on a very windy overcast Saturday morning. We went first to the Bittern Watch Point, where we saw various gulls, and other wildfowl on the Holyfield Lake, and tits and finches on the feeders. As we were watching a fine rain shower swept across the lake in the gusty wind.

It then brightened up a little, so we walked to the scrape at Hook's Marsh. On the way there a Sparrowhawk flew above and a Kestrel was seen in the distance. At the scrape the highlight of the morning seeing three Cattle egret together the more common Little egret to compare. There were plenty of Wigeon and Lapwing.

We completed a circular walk along the canal and then back to the Bittern Watch Point, finding a a flock of Siskin, a solitary Chiffchaff, but not the hoped for Smew.

The list : Blue tit, Great tit, Chaffinch, Blackbird, Black-headed gull, Jackdaw, Carrion Crow, Great spotted woodpecker, Kestrel, Robin, Redwing, Fieldfare, Magpie, Feral pigeon, Wood pigeon, Goldfinch, Cormorant, Jay, Great-crested grebe, Little grebe, Moorhen, Coot, Grey Heron, Canada goose, Lesser black backed gull, Tufted duck, Mute swan, Pochard, Common gull, Herring gull, Shoveler, Wren, Long-tailed tit, Coal tit, Gadwall, Sparrowhawk, Pintail, Greylag goose, Little egret, Cattle egret, Wigeon, Lapwing, Siskin, Bullfinch (h), Teal, Egyptian goose, Goldcrest
At Holyfield Lake and carpark: Kingfisher, Shelduck, Pheasant, Dunnock, Collared dove, Buzzard, Ring-necked parakeet, Red kite, Linnet (56)