One of our regular sites which we often visit at this time of year when some of the winter visitors are still present and summer visitors have started to arrive for the breeding season. There is also always a chance at this time of the year of spotting migrating birds flying overhead or dropping in to feed before continuing their journey. Unfortunately the weather conditions – mostly cloudy with a strong and blustery northerly wind prevented any migrant sightings on this visit.
The feeding station near the woodland hide virtually guarantees sightings of bullfinches and many other woodland and garden birds.
The lack of leaves at this time of year makes it easier to locate birds heard singing in the trees, but they are still difficult to photograph as this picture of a Chiffchaff taken by Bill Hale illustrates:
Despite the weather conditions this visit was well attended, 15 members of the group being present.
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A total of 49 species were recorded on this visit:
|Buzzard||One||Others heard only|
|Coal Tit||Two||PM only|
|Coot||Many||1 on nest|
|Great Black-backed Gull||One|
|Great Crested Grebe||A few|
|Hybrid Duck||A few|
|Lesser Black-backed Gull||Several|
|Little Ringed Plover||One||Peter C|
|Song Thrush||Heard only|
|Willow Tit||Two||PM only|
|Willow Warbler||Heard only|