A “Warbler Walk”

A little belatedly posted to the blog, but many thanks to Julia Sey and David Camp for sending in their report following their visit with “Warbler Walks” at the weekend. All images are courtesy of Dave Camp and taken on the day.

Despite the groups name no warblers were actually recorded during their visit!

Warbler Walks – Bird Report 18 Nov 2017 – Blashford Lakes

Birds recorded in the order seen:

blackbird, greylag, carrion crow, gadwall, robin, great crested grebe, kingfisher, mallard, songthrush, black backed gull, Canada goose, blue tit, cormorant, herring gull, wood pigeon, nuthatch, meadow pipit, shoveller, kestrel, great tit, water pipit, grey heron, pied wagtail, firecrest, coot, pochard, goldfinch, dunnock, tufted duck, little grebe, linnet, wren, wigeon, goldeneye, chaffinch, coal tit, pintail, lapwing, buzzard, great spotted woodpecker, bullfinch, greenfinch.

Total: 42 bird species

Also: A dead shrew and several live bank voles.

Fifteen of us met in the car park outside the Tern Hide whilst watching a pair of blackbirds on the grass nearby, a robin in the hedge, and a songthrush perched at the top of a shrub.

Settling down inside the Tern Hide, we watched lots of birds on the water including coots, tufted ducks, wigeon, great crested grebes, a little grebe and a black backed gull. Loads of greylag geese were on the island at the far side of Ibsley Water, with several cormorant, Canada geese and a grey heron. A few pintail were at the far side of the lake, some shovellers, pochard and a couple of goldeneye were swimming about too. A flock of lapwing flew up over the trees in the distance.

Goldeneye by Dave Camp (1)

Meadow pipit by Dave Camp

Nearer to us in front of the hide, a flock of meadow pipits were dotting about on the gravel, and a water pipit was identified amongst them at the water’s edge, along with a pied wagtail.

Kingfisher by Dave Camp

Suddenly a male kingfisher landed on the post right in front of us, and posed there for quite some time, giving everyone good views, before it flew away to the left, making it’s distinctive peeping sound as it went. Then a kestrel flew towards us and landed at the top of a shrub to our right, which was quite difficult for most of us to see, but luckily Dave managed to get a photo of it.

Kestrel by Dave Camp

Leaving the Tern Hide, a mixed flock of goldfinches, chaffinches and some linnet were flying around outside. A buzzard was seen circling over the trees, and a dead shrew was lying to the side of the path.

We entered the Ivy North Hide to see some gadwall, mallard and more wigeon, cormorants and coots. We looked hard for a bittern but had no luck and, unusually, no little egrets were seen either.

Fighting robins by Dave Camp

So, moving on, the Woodland Hide proved more productive, with blue tits, great tits, coal tits, dunnocks and a wren hopping about in the bushes. Several bank voles were scuttling about under the feeder. Suddenly a firecrest actually landed on the window ledge of the hide, so we had really good views of it. An amazing treat to see it so close, albeit so briefly. Then a loud bang was heard, as a nuthatch had flown into the glass, stunning itself for a few minutes. We watched expectantly as it gradually recovered, and thankfully it eventually flew off.

On the other side of the hide a male bullfinch was seen, and although it stayed quite hidden in the tall stinging nettles, most of us saw it’s white rump through the foliage. Some of us also saw it’s mate in the same area. Then a female great spotted woodpecker came to the feeder, taking a peanut up to the trunk of a nearby tree. She was followed by the male, who also tried to find a peanut amongst the other seeds in the feeder. The last bird spotted was a greenfinch, also on the feeder.

Thanks to Blashford for hosting our walk and to all of you who came along.


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